Summary Care Records

Your Summary Care Record 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.

Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.

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. You should discuss your wishes with the healthcare staff treating you

Ardleigh Surgery offers its patients the choice of having a Summary Care Record.

The new NHS Summary Care Record is being introduced to help deliver better and safer care and give you more choice about who you share your healthcare information with.

What is the NHS Summary Care Record?

Your Summary Care Record is an electronic record of important information about your health. It will be available to healthcare staff providing your NHS care in England. This means if you ever have an accident or become ill and need urgent or out of hours advice or treatment outside of your normal practice, the clinicians treating you can have immediate access to important information about you.

What information is included in your Summary Care Record?

It will initially have information about your current medications, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you experience. Over time it will build to include information about other health issues considered important to your wellbeing but only with your consent in consultation with your GP.

Who will be able to access my Summary Care Record?

Authorised NHS healthcare staff will be the only people allowed to access your Summary Care Record if they are involved in treating you, and there are strict security measures in place to protect your information. If a healthcare professional needs to view your Summary Care Record, your permission will be asked beforehand unless it is an emergency, for instance if you are unconscious.  You can look at your own SCR at any time at a secure website called HealthSpace (

Children under the age of 16

Patients under this age will have a Summary Care Record created for them unless their GP surgery is advised otherwise. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 then you should make this information available to them if you feel they are old enough to decide for themselves if they want a Summary Care Record.

Do I have to have a Summary Care Record?

You do not have to have a Summary Care Record and can opt out by letting the surgery know in writing. You can also complete the Summary Care Record opt out form. This form is available at the surgery or it can be downloaded from this website link:

Whatever you decide, you can change your mind at any time.

You can also get more information about SCRs at and obtain a copy of the leaflets ‘Your health information, Confidentiality and the NHS Care Records Service’ and The NHS Care Record Guarantee for England’ from the website or phone 08453 700750.

Opting Out

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.

Alternatively, you can fill out the opt out form online. You will be required to create an account or login. You can save your details and automatically populate this form by creating an account.