The NHS is changing how patient information is stored and shared in England, to provide better care for patients. Summary Care Records (SCRs) provide healthcare staff treating patients in an emergency or out-of-hours with faster, secure access to key clinical information, including medication, adverse reactions and allergies, from patients’ GP records. The SCR was launched in England as a key part of the now defunct £12.7 million NHS national programme for information technology, which was hampered by over-optimistic expectations and rising costs, and should have been delivered to every NHS patient in England by 2010. In 2013 it was extended so that patients could opt to include information about end of life care, and significant conditions and interventions. The project is now expected to be fully implemented by 2015. Here Richard McStay, National Summary Care Record Delivery Manager for the North and Midlands at the Health and Social Care Information Centre, discusses the SCR programme and how it will benefit patients, clinicians and GP practices, as well as the top-level support that the programme is receiving.