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Access to emergency care summaries on cards for pharmacists in Scotland

Community pharmacists in Scotland could gain direct access to patient emergency care summaries when the scheme is next extended.

This was revealed by the Scottish Government in response to one of a number of parliamentary questions asked about community pharmacy last week.

Currently, community pharmacists in Scotland can request information contained in the emergency care summary (ECS) by contacting NHS24 but they do not have direct access to records.

Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health, said: "As part of the national eHealthstrategy, the ECS programme is currently developing a business case to considerextending the clinical user groups that could have access to the patient ECSrecord. Community pharmacists are clearly identified as a user group for considerationfor the next stage of the ECS programme."

Mary Scanlon MSP (Con, Highlands andIslands) also asked questions about promotion of the minor ailment service andprescribing by pharmacists.

In response to thelatter, Ms Robison replied: "The commissioning of national health services, suchas pharmacist prescribing services in primary and secondary care, is a matterfor NHS boards taking into account their assessment of local priorities and needs.In the primary care sector, the new contractual arrangements for community pharmacistsplace greater emphasis on the provision of a wider range of pharmacy services,which will include prescribing services."

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10005182

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