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A case for patient record access

Pharmacist access to patient information held by GPs looks increasingly likely following a stakeholder meeting with health secretary Jeremy Hunt this week.His reported willingness to consider adding community pharmacy to the list of priority areas for summary care record (SCR) roll-out in England — along with accident and emergency departments, NHS 111 and the ambulance services — is a step in the right direction. It is consistent with moves to involve pharmacy more formally in urgent and emergency care — something supported this week by GP and pharmacy leaders in a letter to The Times. Now is the time for the profession to form a clear picture of how it expects to make use of SCR access and, in the pilots that will surely come first, prove that patients benefit.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11132898

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