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KEY health information about medication, allergies and previous bad reaction to treatment, will soon be made available to Hampshire patients in an easier way.

The NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) is a secure electronic record, with medical information.

It can make a difference to ensuring safe treatment in an emergency when no other information is available.

Letters have been sent to patients, explaining the benefits of the SCR.

An opt-out form is included, and children under the age of 16 years will get an SCR unless their parents or guardians opt them out.

Only staff with an NHS smartcard can view a record, and only then if they are involved with that patient’s treatment and have permission from the patient to do so.

Dr Jim Hogan is the lead of the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.

He said: ‘The Summary Care Record provides quick access to patient’s medical history, and in an emergency time is of the essence.’