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The Spine is part of the NHS Care Records Service (NHS CRS).

A key part of the NHS CRS will be the gradual development of an electronic Summary Care Record. This will be available to NHS staff involved in your care, anywhere in the country.

Once the NHS CRS is fully implemented, having each patient's Summary Care Record stored on the Spine will mean that wherever and whenever a patient seeks care from the NHS in England, those treating them will have secure access to summary information to assist with diagnosis and care. This should provide safer, more joined up care.

The Spine also supports other systems and services, including Choose and Book, the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and the Secondary Uses Service (SUS).

For further information, read our frequently asked questions or visit the NHS Care Records Service website.