Summary Care Records (SCR)
are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in a patient's direct care.
There are clear benefits to patients of having a Summary Care Record.
You may need to receive treatment from someone who does not know your medical history. An SCR means they can quickly access important information and make sure you receive the best care possible.
Here are just some examples of information contained on your SCR that will help NHS staff give you the best care:
- Medications you are currently taking
- Any allergies you have
- Negative reactions to medication in the past
- You can also choose to have any long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs to be included
Without an SCR, this information would not be available quickly and would have to be requested. This can lead to delays in your treatment, or worse still application of a specific treatment or medicine that you may react badly to.