There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any 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 looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
To opt out of NHS Digital Data Sharing of confidential information for research or planning purposes PATIENTS have to register for this personally by visiting the website www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters (providing the surgery has an up to date mobile or email address for the patient on record) or PATIENT has to ring 0300 3035678 to register
For further information visit the NHS Care records website