A Summary Care Record is an electronic document containing information about a patient's medical details, such as allergies and current medication.  

It is a quick way for healthcare staff, especially those unfamiliar with a patient's history, to find out everything they need to know to before starting treatment. 

Summary Care Records are especially useful for patients who have a learning disability or find it difficult to communicate.

However, they can be beneficial to all people, especially in emergency situations in which patients are treated away from their usual hospital or GP surgery. 

What's included in a Summary Care Record?

  • Patient name, address and date of birth
  • Current prescribed medicine
  • Allergies
  • Previous bad reactions to medicines
  • NHS number

Patients can choose to add other details, such as details of long-term conditions, significant medical history and specific communication needs. 

Adding extra information to your Summary Care Record

Patients who would like to add more information to their Summary Care Record will need to download the below form and return it to their GP surgery: 

NHS Summary Care Record with additional information

Find out more

Click on the links below to download further information about Summary Care Records.