The NHS Steroid Emergency Card was launched in August 2020 to improve patient safety for those with adrenal insufficiency. The card will alert medical professionals across the NHS to your dependence on hydrocortisone.
The card includes areas for you to fill in your personal details, as well as basic information and a QR code linking to the SfE’s guide to treating adrenal insufficiency.
A patient safety alert has been released alongside the card to raise awareness of its importance amongst NHS medical professionals.
We recommend all adults with adrenal insufficiency should carry this card.
How can I get a card?
Hard copies can now be obtained in England.
There are 3 ways of obtaining a hard copy of the card:
Through community pharmacies – please let them know you have had the relevant patient education and are aware of sick day rules. You may wish to show a clinical letter or similar but that is not essential. If you lose your card the community pharmacy team can also provide a replacement.
Your GP – when having your next routine review if they are the lead professional managing your steroid replacement care plan
Hospital teams – at your next appointment
Due to the current health pandemic, please be aware there is likely to be a delay in receiving the card due to health services being busy.
You can also print download and print a cope of the card on the link below.
This card and its associated guidance is intended for use by adults (16+).