Summary Care Records (SCR) are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.
Access to 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:
Additional Information in the SCR, such as details of long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs, is now included by default for patients with an SCR, unless they have previously told the NHS that they did not want this information to be shared.
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 opt out of this if you wish to by letting us know via email or speaking to Paula in Quayside Suite,
Data within the SCR is protected by secure technology. Users must have a smartcard with the correct codes set. Each use is recorded. A patient can make a Subject Access Request to NHS Digital to find out the organisation that accessed their SCR and the date/time of the access. A report is produced and sent to the requester which details Business Message Types including SCR views via SCRa and SCR retrievals via 3rd party viewing systems.
The requester is directed to the organisations from which the accesses were made, should they have any concerns with the users who accessed their SCR or if they would like confirmation that a SCR retrieval via a 3rd party viewing system resulted in an end user viewing the SCR.
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.
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