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Summary Care Record

Summary Care Record and Online Access to medical records

The Summary Care Record was introduced to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record, it gives healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information on you, and help to give you safe treatment during an emergency or when your GP surgery is closed. The record does not contain detailed information about your medical history, only important health information, such as whether:

  • you're taking any prescription medication 
  • you have any allergies
  • you've previously had a bad reaction to any medication 

Patients that have registered for online prescription ordering and appointment booking now have the option to view their summary care record online too.  If you wish to register for this service please come to the Surgery and complete a declaration/registration form.  You will be required to provide identification before you are granted access to this enhanced facility. 



Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 

How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

 Please see the links below for further information on SCR., NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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