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Care professionals in England use an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR). This can provide those involved in your care with faster secure access to key information from your GP record.
If you are registered with a GP practice in England, you will already have an SCR unless you have previously chosen not to have one.
It includes the following basic information:
It also includes your name, address, date of birth and unique NHS number which helps to identify you correctly.
Only authorised care professional staff in England who are involved in your direct care can have access to your SCR. Your SCR will not be used for any other purposes.
Care professionals will ask for your permission if they need to look at your SCR. If they cannot ask you because you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate, they may decide to look at your record because doing so is in your best interest. This access is recorded and checked to ensure that it is appropriate.
You can now choose to include more information in your SCR, such as significant medical history (past and present), information about management of long term conditions, immunisations and patient preferences such as end of life care information, particular care needs and communication preferences.
If you would like to do this, talk to your GP practice as it can only be added with your permission.
Remember, you can change your mind about your SCR at any time. Talk to your GP practice if you want to discuss your option to add more information or you decide you no longer want an SCR.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16, and feel they are able to understand this information you should show it to them. you can then support them to come to a decision about having an SCR and whether to include additional information.
Having an SCR that includes extra information can be of particular benefit to patients with detailed and complex health problems. If you are a carer for someone and believe that this may benefit them, you could discuss it with them and their GP practice.
For information on how the NHS will collect, store and allow access to your electronic records visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/records.