Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Pharmacy access to patient electronic health records provides a way to access patient information required to provide pharmacy services.

Various electronic health records are used by pharmacists in daily practice - from the patient medication records that are in routine use in pharmacies, to the national summary records that are being rolled out and piloted in some areas. Information on the national summary care records in each country can be found below.

Our Care Records resource provides information on professional and legal requirements concerning the use and management of patient information.

We have developed a RPS decision tool to support Using Electronic Health Records (EHR) professionally in GB.

Sections on this page

flag---england(1)Summary Care Records

Rollout has now commenced on the implementation of SCR in to community pharmacies by Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), commissioned by NHS England.

Rollout is expected to be complete by Autum 2017.

flag---scotland(1)Emergency Care Summary

Currently ECS access is limited to A&E units, the Ambulance Service, some hospital wards and NHS24 pharmacists. Community pharmacists can contact NHS24 to receive this information unless part of pilot roll-out testing:

flag---wales(1)Welsh GP Record

The Welsh GP Record is available to doctors and nurses routinely in out of hours services, and being rolled out for unscheduled care services. Further development of a web-based application called Choose Pharmacy will enable community pharmacists in Wales to access the Welsh GP Record from April 2016, when required, to provide emergency supplies of medicines: