NHS EMERGENCY CARE SUMMARIES
NHS Summary Care Records have been introduced to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record it will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.
If you decided to have a Summary Care Record it will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from, and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had as long as your GP is aware of this. Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS number to help identify your correctly.
Access to your Summary Care Record will be strictly controlled. By law, everyone working for us or on our behalf must respect your confidentiality and keep all information about you secure.
You can choose to have a Summary Care Record: You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record: If you don't want a Summary Care Record, you need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning a signed and dated opt out form.
For more information about Summary Care Records and your choices:
Phone the Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020 or visit www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk