Summary Care Record
taken from NHS Wiltshire ‘Your Summary Care Record’ leaflet)
Your Summary Care Record is an
electronic copy of key information held in your GP record.
It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure
access to essential information about you and is used when you need
emergency care or when your GP practice is closed. If this information
isn’t included in your Summary Care Record you may have to remember it
and repeat it to healthcare staff treating you.
Your Summary Care Record contains
information on medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from
and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.
Essential details about your
healthcare can be very difficult to remember when you are unwell, so you
can choose to add more information to your Summary Care Record. This is
then known as a Summary Care Record with Additional Information and will
help you and those caring for you to know your healthcare details.
The extra information includes
details of your:
Long term health conditions –
such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare medical conditions
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.
Health care preferences – you
may have your own care preferences which will make caring for you more
in line with your needs, such as special dietary requirements.
Personal preferences – you
may have personal preferences, such as religious beliefs or legal
decisions that you would like to be known.
Immunisations – details of
previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.
you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16 and
believe they may benefit from additional information in their Summary
Care Record, you can request this on their behalf.
Vulnerable patients such as
those who are frail, elderly or have complex health problems can
particularly benefit from additional information in their Summary Care
If you care for another person
and believe that they may benefit from additional information in their
Summary Care Record, then you can discuss this with them and their GP
to the staff at your GP Practice or visit: