Summary Care Record

Every patient in England has an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR). This can also be referred to as the National Summary, the GP Summary or NHS Care Record.

The SCR is a copy of key information from the patient's GP record and provides authorised healthcare professionals with faster, secure access to essential information about a patient. The SCR is a means of ensuring that a summary of their care and treatment are held in a single, easily accessible, electronic record.

It stores an individual's personal details, such as their address and date of birth, along with their health and care history. It includes information such as the medications the patient is taking, as well as details of any allergies and drug intolerances they have experienced. If the patient consents to additional information being included in their SCR, then details of medical diagnoses, immunisation, for example, is included.

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