The SCR is intended to support patient care in urgent and emergency care settings, providing continuity of care for your patients. The SCR is created from information held on GP records.
The NHS has introduced Summary Care Records to improve the safety and quality of patient care.
The Summary Care Record is an electronic record which will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.
If you decide to have a Summary Care Record it will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had. Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you.
You can choose to have a Summary Care Record: You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record: You need to let us know by filling in and returning an opt out form , which are supplied at the Surgery.
How we use your records?
- To provide a good basis for all health decisions made by you and care professionals
- Allow you to work with those providing care
- Make sure your care is safe and effective and work effectively with others providing you with care
Others may also need to use records about you to
- Check the quality of care (such as clinical audit)
- Protect the health of the general public
- Keep track of NHS spending
- Manage the health service
- Help investigate any concerns or complaints you or your family have about your health care
- Teach health workers and other healthcare professionals
- Help with research
Information may be required for research, auditing and statistical purposes, but in these circumstances the information required will remain anonymous. If you do require any further information in relation to this, please ask to speak to the practice manager.