Information sharing, Summary Care Record and Care Information Choices

Summary Care Record (SCR)

All patients have a Summary Care Record (sometimes known as an emergency care record), which can be accessed when you need care or treatment from an NHS organisation other than the surgery.  The basic SCR contains three key extracts from your GP medical record.  These are:

  • The medication you are taking (and have taken in the past 12 months)
  • Any allergies you suffer from
  • Any bad reactions or sensitivities to medications you may have had in the past

This information for example would be useful to a doctor or nurse in a hospital accident and emergency department who may be caring for you after a road traffic accident and you are not in a well enough position to tell them this.  You should remember that the clinical team at the hospital would not have access to your GP surgery record and this information could make a difference to the care you receive or the medicines prescribed for you.  Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your SCR and they will seek your consent to access this at the time they are treating you. 

As well as the basic SCR, you can provide us with consent to enhance this by allowing us to attach more information from your medical record with us.  This includes information about any long term conditions you have such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, vaccinations and other on going medical conditions.  Consent forms for an Enhanced Summary Care Record (eSCR) are available from our surgery reception desks.

You can read more about SCR and eSCR generally by clicking here

It is not compulsory to have a SCR and you can opt out of the scheme.  If you choose to opt out, you need to complete the opt out form below and return this to us.  We will update your record accordingly.

Click here for the opt out form.

You can take a look at the information held in your SCR or eSCR by subscribing to our online services or asking for a copy in person. 

For new patients we ask them to confirm their choices around their SCR when they register with us.

Care Information Choices

NHS Digital uses health and social care information in a number of ways to support your personal care and to improve and develop health and social care services for everyone.  In places you receive care, including the surgery, hospitals and community settings, staff will record information about you and your care.  The NHS Care Information Programme allows you to decide who can have access to this data.

If you are happy for your information to be used to help develop and improve health and social care services, you do not need to do anything. 

If you wish to opt out of your information being shared or used for any purpose other than your direct care, take a look at our opt out form here and make your decision.  If you are opting out of Practice data being shared, please return the form to us.  We will mark your record accordingly.

If your preference is not to share health data from other providers such as local hospitals, please visit the national opt out website to record your preference.  The website is:

Again, for new patients, we ask them to confirm their preferences around Care Information Choices when they register with us.

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