Summary care records
Summary Care Records (SCRs) are being introduced to improve the safety and quality of patient care. The Summary Care Record is an electronic record containing the patient's name, address, date of birth and NHS Number and information about medication, allergies and any reactions to medicines that the patient has had.
Benefits for patients
SCRs are accessible to authorised healthcare staff treating patients in an emergency in England. This will be particularly useful when a patient cannot give information (for example if they are unconscious, out of hours or when they are away from home and are unable to see their own GP.
Patient care can be supported by healthcare staff having faster access to their medical information and patients may not be required to repeat information to different NHS staff treating them. For example, in a hospital setting, healthcare staff will be able to access a patient's SCR immediately enabling faster assessment.
SCRs can support better, safer prescribing of medication for patients by providing up to date information on a patient's allergies, previous adverse reactions and medications.
SCRs will enable vulnerable patient groups and those patients that are unable to communicate well with healthcare staff. For example, a non-English speaking patient who might struggle to communicate his condition would no longer be disadvantaged as his SCR would be available to the treating clinician.
Additional information, such as end of life care plans and relevant diagnoses, may be available to inform clinical care where it is appropriate.
All information is confidential and only accessible to staff with NHS Smartcards.
We welcome any feedback from patients and practices regarding what you would like to see on these pages. If you have any suggestions or would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org