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GPs slow to roll out ‘enhanced’ patient record to pharmacies

It is up to each CCG to decide whether to rollout out the enhanced SCR in their area

There has only been a "gradual" uptake of an “enhanced” version of the summary care record (SCR) among GPs, C+D has learned.

The “enhanced” version of the record grants English pharmacies access to extra patient information including blood test results, diagnoses, end-of-life wishes and immunisations.

Pharmacists can already access this information for any patients who have signed up for this version of their SCR. However, it is up to each GP-led clinical commissioning group (CCG) to decide whether they wish to use this as a "solution in their area", NHS Digital told C+D last week (August 4).

"Because this is in the early stages, we don't have much feedback to share," it said.

"More prominent over coming months"

“In those CCG areas that have chosen [enhanced SCR] as a solution, then it will become more prominent over the coming months – in the first instance for specific patient groups,” an NHS Digital spokesperson added.

NHS Digital would not confirm to C+D "exactly which CCGs have taken up the enhanced SCR at this current time”.

But it stressed that a few pharmacists “in certain locations” have already been able to access the enhanced record and were “impressed with the range and detail of the information".

Pharmacists not yet using the enhanced record are "particularly looking forward to being able to check patients' details for flu and travel vaccinations".

C+D reported yesterday that pharmacies across the country have been slow to go live with the standard version of the SCR.

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