Summary Care Record

Summary Care Record:

What You Need to Know

Your Summary Care Record (SCR) is a copy of key information held in your GP record. You can choose what information is included and you can change your choice at any time by contacting the practice.

What is my Summary Care Record?

Your Summary Care Record (SCR) is a 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 unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed.

Your SCR contains information on medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.

Can more information be added to my Summary Care Record?

Yes. Ask your GP practice to add information to your record. You can change your mind at any time by simply informing your GP practice.

Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell. If you choose to add more information to your SCR it means that when you need healthcare, you will be helped to recall this vital information.

This information is particularly useful if you travel outside the North East and Cumbria, where health and care professionals won’t be able to access the Great North Care Record.

What other information can be added to my Summary Care Record?

If you choose to have additional information added to your Summary Care Record, the following information will also be included:

  • Your long term health conditions – such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare
  • medical conditions.
  • Your 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.
  • Your 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.
  • Your 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.


Specific sensitive information – such as any fertility treatments, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy terminations or gender reassignment  – will not be included, unless you specifically ask for any of these items to be included.

Similarly, if there is other information you consider sensitive, it can also be omitted from the summary care record. However, you should note that this may affect the care you receive if health and care staff are not aware that information is missing.

How do I add more information to my Summary Care Record?

If you care for a child or for another person, and you think they would benefit from having the additional information included in their summary care record, you should discuss this with the practice.


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