Your Care Record
Your Summary Care Record (SCR) is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies.
SCRs are especially useful for patients who have a learning disability or find it difficult to communicate, but they can be beneficial to all people, especially in emergency situations in which patients are treated away from their usual hospital or GP surgery. Find out more here.
Ask your doctor to include additional information on your SCR
You can add more information to your SCR by asking your doctor, including:
- health problems like dementia or diabetes
- details of your carer
- your treatment preferences
- communication needs, for example if you have hearing difficulties or need an interpreter
This will help medical staff care for you properly, and respect your choices, when you need care away from your GP surgery. This is because having more information on your SCR means they will have a better understanding of your needs and preferences.
SCRs improve care, but if you don't want to have one you can opt out. Tell your GP or fill in an SCR opt-out form and give it to your GP practice.
Integrated Care Records
Health and Care organisations across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) are working together to develop an Integrated Care Record. An Integrated Care Record is a system which brings together different digital health and social care records, allowing secure access to key information by professionals involved in your care, and these systems are being rolled out across England by the local health services. This includes your GP, hospital and other care organisations so that key professionals are able to access the appropriate information they need to support you.
Some organisations in Bath and North East Somerset are already sharing information to support patients in this way and you can learn more here. Find out more here.