The Beacon Medical Centre

Summary Care Records

There is a central NHS computer system called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record of the medicines you take and any allergies or bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

  • Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
  • This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for 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 of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by asking your GP.

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 form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the  NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

Local Record Sharing

Local Shared Record

Opt out Forms

Fair Processing

Date published: 7th June, 2020
Date last updated: 23rd November, 2023