Summary Care Records

The NHS in England has introduced the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care. The record will contain information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had, to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely.

As a patient you have a choice:

  • Yes I would like a Summary Care Record – you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you. Healthcare staff will ask your permission before they look at your record, except in certain circumstances for example if you are unconscious.
  • No I do not want a Summary Care Record – Complete an Opt Out Form, seal and return to the practice, or alternatively give to your GP practice. Additional copies of the opt out form can be picked up from your GP practice or requested from the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information line on 0300 123 3020.

Further information can be found on the Summary Care Record Leaflet, which provides more information to help you decide.

For more information, telephone the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020 or visit the website at, where you can find information in other formats and languages.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record and you can change your mind at any time by informing your GP practice.

Your Summary Care Record will be created over the next 12 months, subject to your practice participating, but you should make your choice within 12 weeks from the date of this letter.

If you do nothing we will assume that you are happy with these changes and create a Summary Care Record for you. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, then you should make this information available to them.