All patients have a Summary Care Record (sometimes known as an emergency care record), which can be accessed when you need urgent treatment from an NHS organisation other than the surgery. The Summary Care Record contains three key extracts from your GP medical record. These are:
- The medication you are taking
- Any allergies you suffer from
- Any bad reactions or sensitivities to medications you may have had in the past
This information for example would be useful to a doctor or nurse in a hospital accident and emergency department who may be caring for you after a road traffic accident and you are not in a well enough position to tell them this. You should remember that the clinical team at the hospital will not have access to your surgery record and this information could make a difference to the care you receive or the medicines prescribed for you. Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
It is not compulsory to have a Summary Care Record and you can opt out of the scheme. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, you need to complete the opt out form below and bring it along to the surgery and we will mark your medical record accordingly.
You can take a look at the information held in your Summary Care Record through subscribing to our online services or asking for a copy in person.
For further information about the SCR, click here.
Heathgate SCR Opt Out Form