Your Health Record

Summary Care Record

Your summary care record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. 

Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information will improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare professionals and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed. 

Your summary care record also includes your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly. 

You may want to add other details about your care to your summary care record. This will only happen if both you and your GP agree to do this. You should discuss your wishes with your GP practice. 

Healthcare staff will have access to this information, so that they can provide safer care, whenever or wherever you need it, anywhere in England. 

If you wish to opt-out of a summary care record, please complete our Summary Care Record Opt-out form.

National Data Opt-Out

The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt out from their data being used for research or planning purposes. This applies to any identifiable data already held by NHS Digital.

Patients can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at or by clicking on “Your Health” in the NHS App, and selecting “Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning”.

Data Provision Notice for Planning and Research

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has directed NHS Digital to establish an information system to collect and analyse General Practice data for health and social care purposes including planning, policy development, public health, commissioning and research.

You can find more information on what data is extracted and what it is used for by visiting NHS Digital: General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR).

GP Practices have a legal obligation to supply this information to NHS digital unless you tell us not to. If you would like to opt out, please fill out the Type-1 opt out form.