Access to Summary Care Record (SCR) information means that care in other settings is safer, reducing the risk of prescribing errors. It also helps avoid delays to urgent care.
At a minimum, the SCR holds important information about;
- current medication
- allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
- the name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the patient
The patient can also choose to include additional information in the SCR, such as details of long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs.
If you are registered with a GP practice in England your SCR is created automatically, unless you have opted out. 98% of practices are now using the system.
You can talk to us about including additional information to do with long term conditions, care preferences or specific communications needs.
Data within the SCR is protected by secure technology. Users must have a smartcard with the correct codes set. Each use is recorded. You can ask to see the record of who has looked at their SCR, from the viewing organisation. This is called a 'Subject Access Request'.
Patient data is protected by strict information governance rules and procedures. Each organisation using the SCR has at least one privacy officer who is responsible for monitoring access and can generate audits and reports. Park View Surgery's privacy officer is Sue Evans, Practice Manager.
A patient can also opt out of having an SCR by returning a completed opt-out form to their GP practice.