Hospital pharmacists have full access to patient health records, laboratory results and previous treatment. Anything less than this would be considered unsafe.
We’re calling for all pharmacists to have the same read and write access to patient health records (with patient consent).
It’s a simple way to improve patient care – and to make sure pharmacists have up-to-date patient information.
We’re also campaigning for records across the system to be interoperable, so multi-disciplinary teams can access a patient’s essential information.
We know this might need to happen over a number of different steps. To start, we’re calling for NHS Scotland to allow pharmacists access to Emergency Health Records.
This already happens in England and Wales – and means quicker and more convenient access to primary care for patients.