What is the NHS Care Records Service?
The Summary Care Record will initially consist of basic information from the patient record such as your date of birth and address, details of allergies, current prescriptions and bad reactions to medicines. Then, each time a patient uses an NHS service, more information may be added to it.
In Norfolk, many patients have had Summary Care Records created, and these can be accessed – with patient consent – by hospitals, A&E departments, the Out of Hours Services, 111 and the Ambulance Service.
More information about the Summary Care Record can be found on the NHS Care Records website by clicking here.
Adding more information to your Summary Care Record – the Enhanced Summary Care Record
Additional information can be added to your SCR by your GP practice (this is known as an Enhanced Summary Care Record) and is a summary of information about your medical history.
Please note: by default your GP records are not shared with any other NHS organisation. In order for your Enhanced Summary Care Record to be available to providers such as hospitals, A&E departments, the Out of Hours Services, 111 and the Ambulance Service, you will need to fill out a consent form (which can be downloaded here) and return this to your GP surgery to enable them to update your records to allow sharing.
An Enhanced Summary Care record can include the following:
- Your long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare medical conditions.
- Your relevant medical history – clinical procedures that you have had, why you need a particular medicine, the care you are currently receiving and clinical advice to support your future care.
- Your healthcare needs and personal preferences – you may have particular communication needs, a long term condition that needs to be managed in a particular way, or you may have made legal decisions or have preferences about your care that you would like to be known.
- Immunisations – details of previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.
Please note that specific sensitive information such as any fertility treatments, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy terminations or gender reassignment will not be included, unless you specifically ask for any of these items to be included.
How will additional information help me?
Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell. Having additional information in your Enhanced Summary Care Record means that when you need healthcare this information will be available to the clinician providing treatment for you, no matter which NHS organisation they work for.
There are already clear benefits for your care from having medication, allergy and adverse reaction information available through your regular Summary Care Record. If you choose to add additional information through the Enhanced Summary Care Record, this can further increase the quality of your care. Additional information can also empower you if you need some help to communicate your complex care needs.
Forms and Information
Please find below:
- The NHS has produced a leaflet to provide further information on the Enhanced Summary Care Record
- A form that can be used if you want to sign up to the “Enhanced Summary Care Record”
- An 'opt out' form for the Summary Care Record
- A document regarding the consequences of not having a summary care record