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Summary care record to benefit millions, say patient groups

A year on from a ministerial review that confirmed the importance of summary care records in supporting urgent and emergency care, patient groups are advocating their use to improve care for millions of people with long term conditions.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign recently recommended that their patients consider adding important information about their conditions to their summary care record to improve their experience of hospital care. Mencap, Asthma UK, Diabetes UK and the British Lung Foundation are also now looking to raise awareness among their members about how the record could benefit patients when they are being treated by doctors and nurses in an emergency who may unfamiliar with their particular condition.The summary care record is a secure, electronic patient record which is currently being introduced in England.