NHS Digital is working to make sure all community pharmacies can view Summary Care Records (SCR).
Benefits of using SCR in community pharmacy
Being able to view the Summary Care Record in community pharmacies has clear benefits for patients and staff. Once SCR is implemented, you can:
- check allergies to prevent prescribing errors
- check current medications prescribed for emergency supply purposes
- check eligibility for services such as a free flu jab.
Having instant access to patient information speeds up care, reduces the need for phone calls to GP practices, and reduces referrals to other services, particularly out-of-hours.
How to view Summary Care Records in community pharmacy
Once your pharmacy implements SCR, you can view SCR on the Spine portal. You will need a Smartcard with the right codes added to log in. Watch the SCR user demo to see how to log in and view a patient record.
New SCR additional information flag
A flag has now been added to the SCR screen to highlight when a patient has additional information on their SCR, as well as the core information on medicines, allergies and adverse reactions. This information may include:
- care preferences
- long term conditions such as diabetes or dementia
- details of their carer
You must always ask the patient for permission to view their SCR. Access will be audited by the Privacy Officer to make sure that all users are following the rules for information governance.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) SCR guidance
The RPS has developed guidance for pharmacists on how to use SCR and how to make the most of it to help patients, improve efficiency and be more effective.