ECS - Emergency Care Summary

Emergency Care Summary (ECS/KIS)

This is a new way of sharing information about your health which might be important if you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed.

Your emergency care summary contains the following Information:

  • Name, Date of Birth, identifying number (called a CHI number) and the name of your GP
  • Any medicines which your GP has prescribed
  • Any medicines you are allergic to or react badly to

The information in your emergency care summary comes from your GP’s computer system and is stored centrally.

Who can look at my emergency care summary?

NHS staff can look at your ECS if they need to treat you when your GP surgery is closed. They will ask if you agree to this before they look at your information

The following staff will be able to look at your ECS:

  • Doctors, nurses and receptionist in Out-Of-Hours medical centres
  • Staff at NHS 24
  • Staff in hospital Accident & Emergency departments
  •  ambulance control and ambulance crews.

In an emergency and if you are unconscious, staff may look at your ECS without your agreement. This will let them give you the best possible care.

Whenever NHS staff look at your ECS, a record will be kept so that we can always check who has looked at your information.

What is a Key Information Summary (KIS)?

Key Information Summary (KIS) has been designed to support patients who have complex care needs or long term conditions.

KIS allows important patient information to be shared with health care professionals in unscheduled care in the NHS 24, A&E, Scottish Ambulance Service , out of hours, hospital and pharmacy environments.

Your KIS might contain information about:

  • future care plans
  • medications
  • allergies
  • diagnoses
  • your wishes
  • carer and next of kin details.


What if I don’t want people to see my emergency care summary?
  • You will be asked if staff can look at your ECS each time you need medical care when your GP surgery is closed.
  • Remember that you don’t have to agree to this.
  • You have the right to say that you don’t want an ECS - Contact your GP surgery to arrange this.
How to find out more

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