If you are registered with a GP practice in England your SCR is created automatically, unless you have opted out. 98% of practices are now using the system.
The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.
Access to SCR information means that care in other settings is safer, reducing the risk of prescribing errors. It also helps avoid delays to urgent care.
At a minimum, the SCR holds important information about;
- current medication
- allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
- the name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the patient
The patient can also choose to include additional information in the SCR, such as details of long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs.
Additional information in Summary Care Record
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.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website
A patient can also opt out of having an SCR by returning a completed opt-out form to their GP practice.