Update your NHS Summary Care Record Details
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
Benefits of using additional information in SCR
When a patient consents to including additional information in their SCR, the GP can add it simply by changing the consent status on the clinical system. This means more information will be available to health and care staff viewing the SCR. It will then be automatically updated when the GP record is updated. This is a quick, cost-effective way to:
- improve the flow of information across the health and care system
- increase safety and efficiency
- improve care
- respond to particular challenges such as winter pressures
It's particularly useful for people with complex or long term conditions, or patients reaching end of life.
Please let us know if you would like to consent to your Summary Care Record and additional information being available for Devon Doctors, Ambulance Service and the Hospitals.
For further information visit the NHS Digital - Summary Care Record website
Summary Care Record Opt Out Form
National Data Opt Out Service
This service was made available on 25th May 2018 providing a secure way for patients to express their preference about the use of their data for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment.
For all the latest information and read more, please visit: www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters