Summary Care Record

Access to SCR information means that care in other settings is safer, reducing the risk of prescribing errors. It also helps avoid delays to urgent care.

At a minimum, the SCR holds important information about;
  • current medication
  • allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
  • the name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the patient
Additional Information in the SCR, such as details of long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs, is now included by default for patients with an SCR, unless they have previously told the NHS that they did not want this information to be shared. There will also be a temporary change to include COVID-19 specific codes in relation to suspected, confirmed, Shielded Patient List and other COVID-19 related information within the Additional Information.

Consent

It is essential that you gain explicit consent to view the patients SCR within OPERA.  This should be done each time an SCR access is requested.  SCRs are available to view within application in the documents tab.  SCR should only be viewed by clinicians with a legitimate reason to access. You should check the date on the SCR when considering the information within it.