Accessing your health record

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Your Summary Care Record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. 

Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information will improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare professionals and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed. 

Your Summary Care Record also includes 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 both you and your GP agree to do this.  

Healthcare staff will have access to this information, so that they can provide safer care, whenever or wherever you need it, anywhere in England. 


Healthcare staff who have access to your Summary Care Record: 

  • need to be directly involved in caring for you 
  • need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode 
  • will only see the information they need to do their job and 
  • will have their details recorded every time they look at your record 

 Healthcare staff will ask for your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you (for example if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate), healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you, because they consider that this is in your best interest. 

If they have to do this, this decision will be recorded and checked to ensure that the access was appropriate. 

You can choose to have a Summary Care Record or you can choose to opt out. 

If you choose to have a Summary Care Record and are registered with a GP practice, you do not need to do anything as a Summary Care Record is created for you. 

If you choose to opt out of having a Summary Care Record and do not want a SCR, you need to let your us know by filling in and returning an opt-out form. Contact us to request one Contact Us – Lanark Third Floor (

If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16, you should make this information available to them and support the child to come to a decision as to whether to have a Summary Care Record or not. 

If you believe that your child should opt-out of having a Summary Care Record, we strongly recommend that you discuss this with your child’s GP. This will allow your child’s GP to highlight the consequences of opting-out, prior to you finalising your decision.