The NHS are changing the way they store and manage your health records.
At the moment records are kept in all the places where you receive care. These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down treatment and sometimes information can be hard to access. By making more health records electronic, there will be quicker ways to get important information to NHS healthcare staff treating you, including in an emergency.
Summary Care Records
The Summary Care Record is an electronic record which will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.
If you decide to have a Summary Care Record it will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had. Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed. You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you ask for the information to be included.
For more information on Summary Care Records please visit NHS Care Records website or alternatively come to the surgery where one of our reception staff will be happy to provide you with an information pack.