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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Summary care record


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Definition (in a digital/TEC context)
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Summary Care Records (SCR) are electronic records, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the person's direct care. Content includes medications, allergies, and adverse reactions. Many SCRs now incorporate Additional Information. Mobile SCRs are increasingly being used and are being piloted in Care Homes.

Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

A national electronic copy of some of the information contained in your GP's computerised notes about you. This electronic information can be found by NHS staff who have your permission to look for it, wherever you are, and is particularly useful for treatment in an emergency or away from home. It includes information such as which medicines you are taking and whether you have any allergies. It is up to you whether you allow this national copy of your computerised notes to be held. If you do not want your information to be held in this way, you should let your GP practice know and they will ask you to fill out a form confirming this.

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