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Electronic notifications are sent automatically from pharmacies and are received by GP practices as a workflow task. Some GP systems can receive structured information, which means details can be added directly to a patient's GP record, without having to transcribe the information manually.
These electronic notifications are currently available for the urgent supply of medicines made as part of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) and pharmacy administered flu vaccinations.
The content of the electronic notification is based on the pharmacy information flows data standard developed in partnership with the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB). The PRSB worked with clinicians from across primary care to develop and endorse the standard which covers vaccinations, urgent supply of medicines and other community pharmacy services.
This system of electronic notifications is currently in use in the following systems:
- TPP SystmOne
- EMIS Web
- Sonar Informatics
- Pinnacle PharmOutcomes
Tahmina Rokib, Clinical Lead for Digital Medicines at NHS Digital, talks about how electronic notifications giving details of urgent medication issued by community pharmacies, keep GPs fully informed and patients’ records up-to-date.
More GP practices and community pharmacies go live with electronic notifications for urgent supply of medicines
NHS Digital is rolling out electronic notifications which inform GPs when one of their patients receives an urgent supply of medicine from a community pharmacy.
• Saves time, keeps GPs informed and improves accuracy of health data • Allows GPs to identify unvaccinated patients from at-risk groups
Information about flu vaccinations is being sent from pharmacies to GP practices in a pilot scheme run by NHS Digital.