Commenting on the RPS call for pharmacists to have read write access to the full patient record, Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson's UK said:
“Pharmacists play a vital role in ensuring people with Parkinson’s achieve good control of their symptoms through medication and so have the best possible quality of life. Medication routines can be complex and as Parkinson’s is a progressive condition, may also change over time. To ensure the right routine is maintained, pharmacists should have access to the most up-to-date and accurate patient information and be able to add to this when necessary to improve the patients’ holistic care.
However, patient privacy is paramount. Patients need to be fully aware of who has access to their records and there need to be stringent safeguards in place to ensure that this information is only ever used for direct patient care so that people with Parkinson’s are able to access the highest standard of support.”