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Nearly 400 pharmacies have access to SCR

London will be the last area to begin training to access the read-only record

All areas of England will have begun training to access the summary care record (SCR) by May, according to PSNC

Nearly 400 pharmacies have access to the summary care record (SCR) as part of a nationwide rollout.

Day Lewis and Rowlands branches are among the more than 380 pharmacies that can now access the record after completing mandatory face-to-face training sessions, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) revealed today (February 15).

Pharmacies across the south of England and the Midlands will begin the training sessions this month, PSNC said. One person from each pharmacy must attend before staff can access the record.

Pharmacies in the north of England will start training in March, while those in London will have to wait until April, the negotiator said.

Training sessions are normally organised by NHS England and local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs), but Boots, Lloydspharmacy and Superdrug – alongside supermarkets Morrisons and Tesco – will train their staff in-house, PSNC said. 

Smaller pharmacy chains such as Kamsons and Weldricks will also organise their own training sessions, PSNC added.

Full training schedule:


Likely month of first sessions

Central Midlands (Northampton and Milton Keynes)

Greater Manchester

Commenced in January

North Midlands (Shropshire)

South Central

South East

South West


Central Midlands (Luton, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire)

West Midlands (Wolverhampton, Solihull, Worcestershire)


Central Midlands (remaining areas to start)

North Midlands (Staffordshire)

Cheshire & Merseyside

Cumbria & North East

East Midlands

West Midlands (remaining areas to start)

Yorkshire & Humber





North Midlands (remaining areas to start)


*Source: PSNC

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Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

WORKLOAD.  How have contractors allowed for extra Pharmacist hours to do SCR ? 1 hour per 100 items ? 1 hour per 10000 items ?


Surely some extra Pharmacist employment time required to do proper justice to SCR ?


What about criminal liability when SCR is not accessed and it may have spotted something ?  How long does it take to check each SCR properly and diligently (when required ??

VAL MADDEN, Hospital pharmacist

I think you are right to be concerned about the time it will take .I use SCR daily in my hospital practice . There system is sometimes difficult to access, many are not up to date and some are merely a long string of acute prescribing of clearly repeated items . However it is a very useful source and helps with medicines reconciliation on admission 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I can see having access to the SCR providing enough information to push forward Electronic Repeat Dispensing by highlighting patients that are suitable. And hopefully, training in Pharmacy and Surgery will have developed to the point where they are able to provide this format.

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

POINTLESS......RAMIPRIL 1.25MG  out of stock..what use to having access to SURs?

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