The NHS is introducing a new electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR) which will be used to support your emergency care.
Today, records are kept in all the places where you receive care. These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down treatment and sometimes information can be hard to access.
Your Summary Care Record will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and and bad reactions to medicines that you have had. Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency, when the surgery is closed or when you are away from home in another part of England.
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. Only if they cannot ask you, for instance if you are unconscious, will they look at your record without asking and this will be noted on your record.
You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you ask for the information to be included. You should discuss your wishes with the healthcare staff treating you.
You can choose to have a Summary Care Record. You do not need to do anything and it will happen automatically.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record - just let us know by completing the opt-out form below and returning it to the surgery.
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