Pharmacists to access patient care record alongside GPs

Pharmacists will gain access to a patient's care record for the first time under plans by NHS IT chiefs.

Photograph: istockphoto/Lotfi Mattou
Photograph: istockphoto/Lotfi Mattou

Access has previously been limited to GPs, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

Pilots are being considered in community pharmacies across England in a step towards government proposals for pharmacies to take on more clinical work.

David Pruce, RPSGB director of policy and communications, said: ‘Pharmacists already have access to care records in a variety of settings, including hospital wards and GP surgeries. Access to electronic care records in the community pharmacy will not present a risk to patient confidentiality.

‘As the subject of their patient records, it is ultimately the patient’s decision concerning which health professionals can view their records. However, we believe patients and doctors will experience a clear benefit when pharmacists are able to access their records.’

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