From April 2015, NHS in England will use an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR), which is a copy of key information held in your GP records;- medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.
Authorised healthcare staff will be able to securely access this essential information about you when you need emergency care of when your GP is closed. This means that healthcare staff can provide safer care, whenever or wherever you need it, anywhere in England.
You can choose to have a SCR 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 you need to let your GP practice know by filling in a returning an opt-out form. Opt-out forms are available from your GP practice.