An SCR should only be viewed if the user is involved in the patient's care. This is called a 'legitimate relationship'. The patient should always be asked for their consent before viewing. This is called 'permission to view'. The only exception to this is in an emergency where the patient can't give their permission but looking at their SCR would be in their best interest. For more information see information governance in SCR.
Users must have smartcards with the correct codes enabled and a connection to the secure NHS network. Users should:
- log on to SCR on the Spine through the system in use in their organisation, using their Smartcard
- choose the correct role, if they have more than one
- search for the patient, using NHS number if possible
- ask for the patient's permission to view the SCR and record it, or choose the emergency access option if the patient is unconscious or can't answer, and add a note.
The Summary Care Record will then show details of current medication and allergies. The patient may also have chosen to include additional information in their SCR. This provides more information about the patient's medical history.
Download a brief guide to viewing SCR