A Summary Care Record is an electronic record that's stored at a central location. As the name suggests, the record will not contain detailed information about your medical history, but will only contain important health information, such as:
- whether you're taking any prescription medication
- whether you have any allergies
- whether you've previously had a bad reaction to any medication
Access to your Summary Care Record will be strictly controlled. The only people who can see the information will be healthcare staff directly involved in your care who have a special smartcard and access number (like a chip-and-pin credit card).
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, e.g. because you're unconscious, healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you. If they have to do this, they will make a note on your record.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be uploaded then you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff at reception who will provide you with an opt out form. More information can be found by clicking here.
Please be aware that if you chose to opt out of SCR, this does not opt you out of the care.data or the Enhanced Data Sharing Model (eDSM), you must request that separately.