What is the NHS Summary Care Record?
The Summary Care Record will contain basic information about any allergies you may have, unexpected reactions to medications and any prescriptions you have recently received. The intention is to help clinicians in Hospitals, Accident and Emergency Departments and ‘Out of Hours’ health services to give you safe, timely and effective treatment.
Clinicians will only be allowed to access your record if they are authorised to do so and, even then, only if you give your express permission. You will be asked if healthcare staff can look at your Summary Care Record every time they need to, unless it is an emergency, for instance if you are unconscious. You can refuse if you think access is unnecessary and this will not affect the standard of care you will receive.
You do not have to have a Summary Care Record, although you are strongly recommended to consider this choice. If you decide to proceed, but at any time in the future you change your mind and choose not to have a Summary Care Record, all you need do is write to your Surgery informing them of your decision to “Opt-out”.
If you want a Summary Care Record you do not have to do anything, it will automatically be created for you. If you would like to opt-out of this initiative please download an opt-out form (pdf) complete it and bring it into the medical centre.