Summary care records

What Is It?

The Summary Care Record is a summary of basic health information about you, that healthcare professionals can access, to help them provide you with better, safer care. For example this might be used by A&E staff or by an out of hours doctor. They will ask your permission each time before they do this, unless this isn’t possible, e.g. if you are unconsious. The information on the Summary Care Record contains only basic details such as allergies and medication.

It is possible to opt out of this service. However, there will be important benefits to the Summary Care Record, so it’s important to find out more if you are thinking of opting out.

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory.

If you wish to opt out of the Summary Care Record scheme please complete our online Opt Out form.

More information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website.