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My Care Record and Summary Care Record

My Care Record

My Care Record enables health and care professionals directly involved in your care
to access information about you.

Providing you with:
• Better co-ordinated and seamless care
• Quicker diagnosis and treatment
• Less paperwork and less repetition
• Fewer unnecessary clinical tests
• More accurate prescriptions
• More time to spend on clinical care
• Better health and care planning

Your GP, hospital, community health, mental health and social care teams may all hold
important information about your care. We know that when information is made available
between services in a more joined-up way, we can better meet your health and wellbeing

We now have a common agreement that health and care organisations within our region will
follow. We are calling this My Care Record. Where it is in place, professionals can access
relevant information from other organisations that will help to deliver better care to you. For
example, a doctor treating you in hospital or a nurse working in the community could view
the information they need from your GP record.

Access to your records is made possible by several different types of secure technology.
Information about you will only be accessed by health or care professionals who are directly
involved in your care. Health and care professionals may access your records from different
services to improve the care you receive as a whole.

In some areas, information from care records may also be used to help to plan and design
how we deliver better services for you and the local population as a whole. In these cases,
your name or any other recognisable information about you are not used so no-one working
with the information would be able to identify you.

My Care Record is a key part of wider work to provide more joined-up care, connecting
people, services and systems. As more care providers develop the technologies to view
records across services, the benefits will increase.

More information, including answers to frequently asked questions and a list of the
organisations that are taking part can be found at

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

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