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Scottish Government will consider giving pharmacists access to emergency care summary records

Giving community pharmacists direct access to patients’ emergency care summary records is being considered in Scotland but there are no other plans to extend pharmacists’ access to patient records.

This was the response of Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to a Scottish Parliamentary Question on 8 January 2009.

Asked whether the Scottish Government would allow community pharmacists to access patients’ records, Ms Sturgeon said: “Community pharmacists have already requested that they are given the authority to access their patients’ electronic emergency care summary records. Work is under way to give careful consideration to the possibilities around extending both the users of this system, and the information it contains.

While community pharmacists will be considered within this exercise, it should be pointed out that there is already a facility in place for when patients are not known to a community pharmacy and therefore have no medication record to hand.”

She then went on to explain how a pharmacist could access an emergency care summary through NHS24 before finally adding: “There are no plans to give community pharmacists access to patient records beyond what is described above.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10045599

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