What is it?
- The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a national scheme run throughout the NHS.
- It is designed for use in hospitals to support your emergency care.
- Your SCR will hold information about any medications you take, and whether or not you have any allergies.
- Your SCR will also include your name, date of birth, address and your NHS number to help ensure you are identified correctly.
How does this help me?
Healthcare staff will have quicker and safer access to details of any medications or allergies. This means they can provide you with safer care during an emergency, when your GP surgery is closed or when you are away from home in another part of England.
Who can access my SCR?
- Only staff directly involved in your care can access your SCR.
- They need to use their ‘NHS Smartcard’ which is similar to a bank card using chip and PIN technology.
- They will only see the information they need to do their job and their details are electronically recorded to say they have accessed the SCR.
- Healthcare staff will ask for your permission each time they access your SCR, if for any reason you are unable to communicate they may look at your record without asking you. If they do this, they will make a note on your record.
Is my information safe and secure?
Yes, Everyone who works in the NHS is required by law to respect your confidentiality and keep your information secure.
The NHS have released a document called the ‘NHS Care Record Guarantee for England’. This gives more information about how your information is stored and collected.
Where can I find more information?
More information is available by:
- Phoning the Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020
- Visiting www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk