The quest for access to patients’ records may not be as rewarding as it may first seem, says Noel Wicks
Patient records have yet again hit the headlines, as both Jeremy Hunt and Andrew Lansley acknowledge that the lack of access to records can act as a blockage to pharmacy service development. Indeed, achieving access to records has become a sort of holy grail for the past decade as community pharmacy tries to push forward with services.
In certain parts of the country some patient information has already started to flow through pharmacies with local enhanced services and the like. For some time now we have been able to access a patients’ Emergency Care Summary in Scotland by contacting NHS 24, our version of NHS Direct.