Summary Care Record

Patients in Portsmouth and throughout Hampshire needing emergency care can soon benefit from NHS staff across England having quicker, easier access to important information about them.

The NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) is a secure electronic record containing key health information about a patient’s medication, allergies and any previous bad reactions to medicines.

This information can make a significant difference to ensuring safe treatment in an emergency when no other information is available, for example, when a patient’s GP practice is closed.

Letters are being sent to all patients this month, explaining the benefits of the SCR.  An opt out form is included should a patient prefer not to have a Summary Care Record created.

Children under the age of 16 years will get an SCR unless their parents or guardians opt them out.

Access to a patient’s SCR is strictly controlled.  Only staff with an NHS smartcard can view a record, and only then if they are involved with that patient’s treatment and have permission from the patient to do so. 

Unlike paper records, an audit trail is generated each and every time a record is viewed, so anyone who accesses a patient’s record can be identified.  No other information will be added to a record without the patient's consent.  

You can find out more information about summary care records here: http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/

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