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Summary Care Record

If you were rushed into hospital, how much would the doctor know about you? Adding more information to your Summary Care Record means health and care staff can make better decisions about you.

Your Summary Care Record (SCR) is a brief, up to date summary of your medical records, which is confidentially stored at your registered GP practice.

If you are registered with a GP practice in England you will have an SCR, unless you have previously chosen not to have one. It tells health and care staff important information about your health, including:

  1. Medicines you are taking
  2. Allergies you suffer from
  3. bad reactions to medicines

You can choose to have additional information included in your SCR so that if you are treated by NHS staff who don’t know your medical history this information will be accessible to them, for example if you go to hospital. You can choose to have the following information added to your SCR:

  • Your illnesses and any health problems
  • Operations and vaccinations you have had in the past
  • How you would like to be treated – such as where you would prefer to receive care
  • What support you might need
  • Who should be contacted for more information about you.

All information is confidential and only accessible to staff with NHS smartcards.

If you would like additional information included on your SCR, please complete this brief consent form and return it to your registered GP surgery.

For more information about SCRs, you can:

Talk to staff at your GP surgery, call 0300 303 5678, or visit

Resources for patients

Easy read leaflet about including additional information on your SCR
Consent form for existing patients
Consent form for new patients

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