Shared Care Records

Summary Care Record

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?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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Great North Care Record

In the past, every NHS healthcare organisation has held its own set of records about its patients.  That means important information held in one part of the system may not be easily available to health professionals when they are caring for you - even in an emergency.

Now doctors, nurses and health professionals across the North East and North Cumbria are teaming up to improve the way patient information is shared, with your consent.  This will improve the care you receive as well as helping the NHS to run more efficiently.

The first steps in the Great North Care Record initiative took place during 2016, with the introduction of a new electronic system enabling NHS health professionals providing you with treatment to view a summary of your medical records.

As a patient, that means the specialists providing your care can see the right information at the right time, so that they can manage your care better.  To find out more about this change and the steps we are taking to manage your information securely, click here

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