What is the NHS Care Records Service?
The summary care record will initially consist of basic information from the patient record such as your date of birth and address, details of allergies, current prescriptions and bad reactions to medicines. Then, each time a patient uses an NHS service, more information may be added to it.
In Norfolk the majority of patients already have a Summary Care Records created, and these can be accessed – with patient consent – by the NNUH / A&E dept, the Out of Hours Services, 111 and the Ambulance Service.
Adding more information to your Summary Care Record
To enhance your summary care record you can fill out our online Enhanced Summary Care Record Opt-In form.
Additional information can be added to your SCR by your GP practice and is a summary of information about your medical history. It can include the following:
- Your long term health conditions – such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare medical conditions.
- Your relevant medical history – clinical procedures that you have had, why you need a particular medicine, the care you are currently receiving and clinical advice to support your future care.
- Your healthcare needs and personal preferences – you may have particular communication needs, a long term condition that needs to be managed in a particular way, or you may have made legal decisions or have preferences about your care that you would like to be known.
- Immunisations – details of previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.
Please note: specific sensitive information such as any fertility treatments, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy terminations or gender reassignment will not be included, unless you specifically ask for any of these items to be included.
How will additional information help me?
Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell. Having additional information in your SCR means that when you need healthcare, you will be helped to recall this vital information.
There are already clear benefits for your care from having medication, allergy and adverse reaction information available through your SCR. If you choose to add additional information, this can further increase the quality of your care. Additional information can also empower you if you need some help to communicate your complex care needs.
Other forms and information
Please complete our online form to opt out of the Summary Care Record.
Please complete our online form to sign up to the Enhanced Summary Care Record.