There is a central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you have, allergies you suffer from, and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Records? Storing information in one place makes it easier for the healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP Practice is closed. This information could make a difference to how a clinician decides to care for you, for example, which medicines they choose to prescribe you.
Who can see it? Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one? Over half the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. Summary Care Records are available in this area, so it is likely, if you are a registered patient, that you will have one.
Do I have to have one? No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a standard form and bring it along to the surgery. The form is available below.
Adding further information to your Summary Care Record? You can choose to have additional information included in your summary care record, which can enhance the care you receive. The information includes (i) your illnesses and health problems, (ii) how you would like to be treated such as where you would like to receive care, (iii) what support you might need, and (iv) who should be contacted for more information