Summary care record

The Summary Care Record is an electronic record which contains information about the patient’s current medication and any allergies or adverse reactions the patient may have. Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat the patient in an emergency.

Data shared with who and why?

The National Care Record Service (NCRS) for sharing important summary clinical data nationwide for emergency direct care purposes. For example, if you were admitted to hospital in a different part of the country this record would enable the doctors to see vital information about your care.

What is shared?

Medication, Allergies, Drug reactions, optionally specific Read coded entries (called rich SCR).

How is the data shared?

Access is restricted to NHS Smartcard holders in Hospitals, Out of Hours Services and GPs.

How is consent given?

Implied consent with patient opt out via Read Code and requirement to explicitly opt in for Rich SCR.

How do I get more information?

You can also visit the NHS Care Records website or download the NHS Care Record Guarantee.