Summary Care Record & Sharing Your Information

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The NHS in England is now using an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR), which is being used to support patient care.

Your summary care record contains important information about any medication you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.

Over the past few years there have been various announcements from the Government about sharing health records.  The Summary Care Record (SCR) is an initiative which allows NHS England to hold a copy of some of the key information that is held on your GP records.  This is referred to as “the national spine”.  This information can only be accessed by other authorised health professionals with your consent and gives the opportunity to improve the safety and quality of your care.  The Summary Care Record has recently been made now “live” at Carnon Downs Surgery.  It only currently holds data about any medicines that you are prescribed and any allergies or bad reactions to medication that you have suffered.  There is scope to open the SCR to further information in the future but only if the patient agrees.  All healthcare workers are governed by the same strict rules on confidentiality and the Data Protection Act.

Please see the helpful leaflet, available from the download listed below on the NHS Summary Care Record for further information as it explains about the choices patients have about opting out.  If you have already opted out of the Summary Care Record you may wish to re-consider that decision at this time.  Access to your GP record could be vital in saving lives particularly in emergency situations when the patient may be unable to recollect important information.


Many people think that the GP record is already available to all health care professionals but this is not the case.  In Cornwall, there has been a move to take information sharing one step further.  GP Surgeries have been given the option of signing up to an agreement to provide the facility to share the full medical records.  Patients are totally in control as they will always be asked to consent to allowing access to their records and should let the Surgery know if they choose not to have a shared record at all.  By sharing the GP record, any other health professionals will have access to your most up to date and accurate information allowing safer and more effective care and helping to avoid mistakes.   Please see the local information leaflet “Making your local health record work better for you”

Please click on the leaflet below for more information.

Summary Care Record Patient Leaflet

If you choose to opt out of having a Summary Care Record and do not want a SCR, you need to let us know by filling in and returning an opt-out form to reception.  You can download and print off a copy of this form below.

Summary Care Record Opt Out Leaflet

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