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More than 150 pharmacies have access to SCR

HSCIC is reviewing potential scenarios where pharmacists may need to amend patient records

Every part of England is preparing for read-only records access, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)


More than 150 pharmacies in England now have access to the summary care record (SCR), C+D has learned.

Pharmacies in Sheffield have begun to use the read-only record as part of a national rollout, alongside Day Lewis and Rowlands branches nationwide, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) told C+D on Tuesday (January 12).

In total, 156 pharmacies have been granted access to the record, it said. North of England chain Weldricks Pharmacy is due to begin rolling out SCR to its stores next month, HSCIC told C+D.

Every NHS England regional team has begun to plan the rollout of the record in pharmacies, and “many” have scheduled face-to-face training sessions with pharmacists on using SCR, it said.

Read-write access

HSCIC has begun reviewing potential scenarios where pharmacists may need to amend a patient record, it told C+D. These include when a pharmacist makes an emergency supply, or if they adjust a patient's medication, it said.

"Wider consultation with pharmacy stakeholders is planned for the coming months to determine the most appropriate method for sharing this information," it added.

NHS England told C+D in October that it was "absolutely committed" to investigating whether pharmacists should be able to amend patient records.


How will SCR access benefit your pharmacy?

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Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Would it be boring to quote the fact - if you don't like the funding , sell up?

Dave Downham, Manager


Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

London locum - contractors cant take the fact that their fees are being reduced. I predicted this and have income on the side as well as my pharmacy business. ppl like chris want to stop free speech and want immunity from cometition i will give u an example - co-danthramer susp 300 ml TARIFF £140 BOUGHT FOR £90 RX FOR 3 X 300 £150 FOR ONE SCRIPT and there are ppl like chrissy who say there is no money...

Dave Downham, Manager

Would it be considered boring to quote the myriad on lines that get dispensed at a loss to blow the premise of your repetitive, selective posts out of the water?

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

mr armstrong - why do contractors think the world revolves around them. There is a surplus of pharmacists and pharmacies. Its called demand and supply. I used to be a locum but am now a contractor. Locums havent had a payrise on over a decade. So once again , if u dont like the pay, leave and move on.There is no rope around your neck forcing you to stay. There are many locum willing to have cuts in dispensing fees to run a pharmacy.

Mark Boland, Pharmaceutical Adviser

As long as comments are reasoned, where possible based on evidence and devoid of gratuitous offence, then I dont have a problem. Whether posts are predominantly 'positive' or 'negative' is irrelevant. SCR: in certain circumstances very useful and potentially life changing for a patient. It may also initiate a new level of acceptance with regards to pharmacists taking a more meaningful role in the treatment of patients. Potential for scandal if inappropriate access was to be indentified - pharmacists beware! I agree that with such little time SCR will not be used optimally, but as with anything in community pharmacy, you have to do the best you can with the little time that you have - prioritise.

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

A pharmacist as already been before the Gphc for in appropriate access to records! Feel most community pharmacists with poor IT systems in store then SCR will be a waste of time since any inconvenience to patient who will want the prescription dispensed quick as possible no matter the problem even if the doctor error will kill them since they are infallible and never make errors.

Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

I'm sure the GPHc wouldn't accept the argument of little time and priorities.

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

SCR is potentially an excellent tool for ensuring patient safety when dispensing. BUT this adds an extra element of risk, for example if a patient is prescribed an SSRI and has had a past history of acid reflux. What would you do ? This takes time and critical analysis. What safeguards are in place for ensuring Pharmacists are given extra time to do this EXTRA CLINICAL CHECK ????????????????????????????? We are being forced to accept extra responsibility and liability with no corresponding increase in resources.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Harry this is the problem, More work/responsiblity in an unsafer more pressurized environment. When it goes wrong guess who gets hung out to dry. I think some people on here need to wake up instead of childishly trying to get beople blocked from expressing their views because it differs from their own.

Dave Downham, Manager

I'm having a moment, because for once I agree with LL. If I was a solicitor, I'd be rubbing my hands. "If you had reviewed the SCR, do you accept that the drugs you dispensed were inappropriate?" "Yes, but..." "I rest my case, M'Lud". You see, LL, you can be sensible when you try!

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Mind how you go Dave. Some people might start requesting for you to be blocked!

Dodo pharmacist, Community pharmacist

FAO the editor/moderator, it is becoming impossible to have any sensible or rational discussions on these forums due to the jealous, blinkered, belligerent, offensive and downright untrue posts by the likes of Sami Khadeira, London Locum, S Morein and their like. I think one of them also used to go by the name of Mesut Ozil. I am not sure if any of them are even pharmacists or if they are just desperate wannabe contractors . They are certainly jealous to death of pharmacy contractors and spout all sorts of lies, which, if anyone outside the pharmacy world read and chose to believe, could show pharmacy in a really bad light. It is time these individuals were blocked from using these forums, so that we can go back to having sensible discussions, especially in these very difficult times for pharmacy. I for one will not be posting on the discussion boards again until these individuals are removed and I invite all posters to comment on whether they agree with me or not.

Paul Miyagi, Information Technology

Personally, SCR will overload pharmacists as others comment. However you yourself have used this forum to voice your belief's and make assumptions about the other authors which may or may not be correct.They are entitled to their opinion , just as you are Chris, come on , rise above this !!! You can always block them if they become personal.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Jealous?? i don't even know who you are! I for one will miss your valuable insights and opinions. But your decision i feel is utterly bizarre.

James Waldron, Editorial

I think this is a good time to remind everyone of C+D's community principles, which can be found at: If we believe a comment breaks one of the principles, we may remove or edit it as we deem appropriate. If you believe a comment posted by another user breaks one of the principles or is otherwise inappropriate, please email [email protected], with the subject line ‘Notification' immediately. Regards, James Waldron, C+D Editor

Chris ., Community pharmacist

I think one of the issues is that anything Sami Khadeira, London Locum, S Morein and their like say needs reporting so it may be easier to just block them if that were possible.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

I don't know you either but can i ask for you to be blocked too ?

Chris ., Community pharmacist


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