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.
Having an Summary Care Record can help medical staff care for you properly, when you need care away from your GP surgery as they will have a better understanding of your needs and preferences.
As we add new information to your record, you can discuss what is being added and how sensitive information is handled.
How we protect your confidentiality.
The NHS Care Records Service uses the strongest national and international security measures available for storing and handling your information.
Patient data is protected by strict information governance rules and procedures. By law, everyone working for us or on our behalf must respect your confidentiality and keep all information about you secure.
In every place we treat you, there are people responsible for protecting your confidentiality. These people are often known as ‘Caldicott Guardians’, and you may contact them for more information and advice.