A Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic patient record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had. It is stored on a national database so that you health information is available anywhere that in the country that you seek treatment, for example if you need treatment at a hospital whilst visiting a different town or city in England.
Having a Summary Care Record gives authorised healthcare staff rapid access to important information about you, and can reduce the risk of medical errors occurring when caring for you in an emergency.
Only healthcare staff involved in supporting or providing your care can see your Summary Care Record and healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Summary Care Record, but if they do this, they will make a note on your record to say why they have done so.
You can choose whether or not to have a Summary Care Record. If you choose to have a Summary Care Record, you do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically. If you choose not to have a Summary Care Record,you can contact your GP Practice who will be able to sort this out for you.
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