Summary Care Records

The Summary Care Record is a secure, electronic patient record that contains key information from your detailed GP records that can be accessed by emergency services to ensure safe treatment. It is only used for your care. The core information held on your SCR is current medication, allergies and any previous adverse reactions to medicines. When you registered with us or any GP practice in England, a basic SCR will have been created for you, unless you have previously chosen not to have one.

Information about your healthcare may not be routinely shared across different healthcare
organisations and systems. You may need to be treated by health and care professionals who do not know your medical history and essential details about your healthcare can be difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell or have complex care needs. Having a Summary Care Record can help by providing healthcare staff treating you anywhere in England with vital information from your health record. This will help the staff involved in your care make better and safer decisions about how best to treat you, particularly in an emergency or when your GP surgery is closed.

Who can see my Summary Care Record?

Healthcare staff who have access to your Summary Care Record:

  • need to be directly involved in caring for you
  • need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode
  • will only see the information they need to do their job and
  • will have their details recorded every time they look at your record

Healthcare staff will ask for your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you (for example if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate), healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you, because they consider that this is in your best interest.

If they have to do this, this decision will be recorded and checked to ensure that the access was appropriate.

You may choose to opt out of sharing any information at any time. Or you may wish to opt for further additional information to be included as well in the form of a detailed SCR which includes significant medical history, care plans, or any care preferences you may have. If you wish to either ‘opt-out’ or request the additional information to be included, please complete the attached form and pass the printed form to our reception team. Your options:

  • Express consent for medication, allergies and adverse reactions only (default, no action needed).
    You wish to share information about medication, allergies for adverse reactions only.
  • Express consent for medication, allergies, adverse reactions and additional information.
    You wish to share information about medication, allergies for adverse reactions and further medical information that includes: your illnesses and health problems, operations and vaccinations you have had in the past, how you would like to be treated (such as where you would prefer to receive care), what support you might need and who should be contacted for more information about you. Click here for the form.
  • Express dissent for Summary Care Record (opt out).
    Select this option, if you DO NOT want any information shared with other healthcare professionals involved in your care. Click here for the form.

If you do not inform us of your wishes, the basic Summary Care Record (SCR) will be created for you.

Children and the Summary Care Record

If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16, you should make this information available to them and support the child to come to a decision as to whether to have a Summary Care Record or not.

If you believe that your child should opt-out of having a Summary Care Record, we strongly recommend that you discuss this with your child’s GP. This will allow your child’s GP to highlight the consequences of opting-out, prior to you finalising your decision.

You are free to change your decision at any time by informing your GP practice. For more information on the SCR, please see the NHS Digital (formerly known as the HSCIC) website: www.digital.nhs.uk or you can contact them on 0300 303 5678

For GP practice use only

To update a patient’s consent status, Enderley Road Medical Centre uses the SCR consent preference dialogue box and selects the relevant option or adds the appropriate read code from the options below

Summary Care Record consent preference EMIS Code
The patient wants a core Summary Care Record (express consent for medication, allergies and adverse reactions only) 9Ndm.
The patient wants a Summary Care Record with core and additional information (express consent for medication, allergies, adverse reactions and additional information) 9Ndn.
The patient does NOT want to have a Summary Care Record (express dissent for Summary Care Record – opt out) 9Ndo.

For more information, please visit https://www.digital.nhs.uk/summary-carerecords/patients, call
NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678 or the NHS Care Records Service information line on 0300 123 3020 or
speak to your GP Practice.