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What Summary Care Records are
Summary Care Records (SCR) are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.
Some SCRs contain Additional Information. This can include, for example, details of patients' long-term conditions, medical history, or communications needs.
To help the NHS respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Additional Information is now included by default for patients with an SCR, unless they have previously told the NHS that they did not want this information to be shared.
The Additional Information in a patient’s SCR helps health and care professionals to have better medical information about the patient they are treating.