Summary Care Record (SCR) and What it Means to You
There has been considerable publicity in recent years about the sharing of information held on the NHS national database. Until now this has been an administrative tool with registration details only. This article details the changes taking place which we, at the practice, feel will help our patients at times of emergency when urgent medical attention may be needed and the medical centre is closed. The information available is very limited but crucial to doctors and nurses who may need to administer medicines and will need to know the medications you are taking.
Please read this article carefully and if, as we suspect, some patients who have opted out may wish to contact the medical centre to opt back in.
What is the Summary Care Record?
Your Summary Care Record (SCR) will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any 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 or when the practice is closed. You can choose whether or not to have a Summary Care Record.
It is essential to note that if you DO NOT wish to have an SCR you will have to complete a SCR ‘Opt Out Form’
What information is included in the Summary Care Record?
If you decide to have a Summary Care Record it will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had.
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 also opt-in to include additional information on your Summary Care Record via our online form.
Who can see my Summary Care Record?
Only healthcare staff involved in supporting or providing your care can see your Summary Care Record. These:
- need to be directly involved in caring for you;
- need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode (like a bank card and PIN);
- will only see the information they need to do their job; and
- should have their details recorded.
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Summary Care Record without asking you. If they do this, they will make a note on your record to say why they have done so.
Why can’t I opt in to having a Summary Care Record?
Asking patients to opt out of having a Summary Care Record (rather than opting in) is the simplest option for patients, and has been agreed by the Information Commissioner as being in line with the NHS Care Record Guarantee for England.
This means that patients who would benefit most from having a Summary Care Record, for example vulnerable patients, will not be disadvantaged as there is no need to do anything if they want to have a Summary Care Record made for them. For any further information on SCRs please feel free to access our website or contact the Surgery on (020) 8515 1300 between the hours of 13:30 – 14:30.