Summary Care Records
If you are registered with a GP practice in England your SCR is created automatically, unless you have opted out. Your Summary Care Record is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies.
In Norfolk the majority of patients already have a Summary Care Records created, and these can be accessed – with patient consent – by the NNUH / A&E dept, QEH Kings Lynn, the Out of Hours Services, 111 and the Ambulance Service.
This means they can give you better care if you need health care away from your usual doctor’s surgery:
- in an emergency
- when you’re on holiday
- when your surgery is closed
- at out-patient clinics
- when you visit a pharmacy
Adding more information to your Summary Care Record
You can add more information to your SCR by asking your doctor. They can add extra details from your medical notes, including:
- health problems like dementia or diabetes
- details of your carer
- your treatment preferences
- communication needs, for example if you have hearing difficulties or need an interpreter
This will help medical staff care for you properly, and respect your choices, when you need care away from your GP surgery. This is because having more information on your SCR means they will have a better understanding of your needs and preferences.
When you are treated away from your usual doctor’s surgery, the health care staff there can’t see your GP medical records. Looking at your SCR can speed up your care and make sure you are given the right medicines and treatment.
For more information you can visit the Summary Care Record NHS page.
To enhance your summary care record just ask our reception team or fill in one of our online forms
Please note: specific sensitive information such as any fertility treatments, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy terminations or gender reassignment will not be included, unless you specifically ask for any of these items to be included.
How will additional information help me?
Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell. Having additional information in your SCR means that when you need healthcare, you will be helped to recall this vital information.
There are already clear benefits for your care from having medication, allergy and adverse reaction information available through your SCR. If you choose to add additional information, this can further increase the quality of your care. Additional information can also empower you if you need some help to communicate your complex care needs.
For more information about the “Enhanced Summary Care Record” please see the hscic information leaflet.
If you wish to opt out of the Summary Care Record scheme please complete our online opt-out form.
If you wish to sign up to the Enhanced Summary Care Record please use our online Enhanced Summary Care Record opt-in form.