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Summary Care Record & Bolton Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 


How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website

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Bolton Care Record

The Bolton Care Record is about ensuring clinicians and health care professionals have access to the right information, in the right place and at the right time in Bolton, resulting in safe and affective care.

You may be surprised to hear that many of our patient’s already think that we share information between NHS organisations.

Patients think that if they attend Bolton A&E then those Doctors and Nurses treating them would have the relevant information from their GP surgery.

This unfortunately is not the case when the surgery is closed.

The Bolton Care Record is a development taking place across the locality of Bolton.  It is a clinical system that will enable clinicians and care professionals, with the appropriate access, the ability to view a patient’s care record at the point of care.

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