Summary Care Record (SCR)
What is Summary Care Record
NHS Digital has information here Summary Care Record
The SCR is intended to support patient care in urgent and emergency care settings. The SCR stores a defined set of key patient data for every patient in England, except those who elect not to have one. This data makes a summary record created from information held on GP clinical systems. This summary record helps in ensuring continuity of care across a variety of care settings.
What does it mean for patients and NHS staff?
A patient’s SCR contains key health information including details of allergies, current prescriptions and bad reactions to medicines. Following the creation of this initial SCR, a patient and their doctor may add additional information to the patient’s SCR. This must only be added with the explicit consent of the patient.
The availability of SCR’s assists in improving the safety and quality of patient care, by providing authorised healthcare staff with easier access to reliable information about the patient to help with treatment.
As the patient is treated they are asked by staff if they can look at their SCR every time they need to. Not everyone involved in the patient’s care is able to see all of their records. The amount of information staff can see depends on their job. NHS staff who do not need to see information about the patient’s treatment cannot view it – for example, non clinical staff do not have access to clinical information unless it is necessary for them to do their job.
This has been an emotive topic. There have been concerns about data security and accuracy and a doubt in whether the government can be trusted with this information. As a result there have been two major reviews since the introduction of the SCR to improve trust, confidence and governance. Of course, there are huge potential advantages to our patients with better information sharing about allergies and drugs between clinicians. Patient groups are strongly backing this information sharing. The vast majority of patients are surprised that we don’t already share the data but there remains a number of patients and doctors with significant concerns.
Useful SCR Patient Link
Care and Health Information Exchange (CHIE) formerly Hampshire Health Record (HHR)
The Care and Health Information Exchange (CHIE) is a secure system which shares health and social care information from GP surgeries, hospitals, community and mental health, social services and others. CHIE helps professionals across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas provide safer and faster treatment for patients.
CHIE contains health and social care information from over 150 GP surgeries in and around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as local hospitals, community health, mental health and social care teams in order to help coordinate and improve patient care.
Benefits for patients include:
- Ensuring that patients only have to tell their story once
- Reducing delays to their treatment. For example, by reducing the need to repeat blood tests
- Making sure the doctors, nurses and others involved in their care know about their medical history
- Identifying diseases that they might be at increased risk of developing in the future. This can help them take action early to protect their health
Please refer to the CHIE website for further information.
Patient groups are strongly backing this information sharing
If a patient would like to opt out, they need to complete the appropriate form below:
Return the completed form, along with the appropriate identification, to: email@example.com