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Summary Care Records (SCR)

The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.

Health and care staff can  access SCR through the Spine web portal

Patients can ask to view or add information to their SCR by visiting their GP practice. For more patient information see NHS Choices.

Access to SCR information means that care in other settings is safer, reducing the risk of prescribing errors. It also helps avoid delays to urgent care.

At a minimum, the SCR holds important information about;

  • current medication
  • allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
  • the name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the patient

The patient can also choose to add information to the SCR, such as details of long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs.

How do I use SCR?

SCR for patients

If you are registered with a GP practice in England your SCR is created automatically, unless you have opted out. 98% of practices are now using the system. You can talk to your practice about including additional information to do with long term conditions, care preferences or specific communications needs.

Discover more patient information on SCR.

Creating SCRs and including additional information

The SCR is created automatically through clinical systems in GP practices and uploaded to the Spine. It will then be updated automatically. Additional information can be added, with express patient consent, by the GP. The information can be included automatically by changing the patient's consent status.

Guidance on including additional information

Viewing SCRs

The SCR can be viewed by health and care staff, and viewing is now being rolled out to community pharmacies. SCRs can be viewed through clinical systems or through the SCRa web viewer, from a machine logged in to the secure NHSnetwork, using a smartcard with the appropriate Role Based Access Control codes set.

Guidance on viewing the SCR

SCR and community pharmacies

Security and the SCR

Data within the SCR is protected by secure technology. Users must have a smartcard with the correct codes set. Each use is recorded. A patient can ask to see the record of who has looked at their SCR, from the viewing organisation. This is called a 'Subject Access Request'.

Patient data is protected by strict information governance rules and procedures. Each organisation using the SCR has at least one privacy officer who is responsible for monitoring access and can generate audits and reports.

A patient can also opt out of having an SCR by returning a completed opt-out form to their GP practice.

Summary Care Record news and updates

Your last chance to attend a pharmacy briefing session - coming soon

Attending a face to face Summary Care Records (SCR) for Community Pharmacy implementation briefing is mandatory before going live with SCR. Find out about the final sessions.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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