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More GPs are to benefit from electronic notifications for urgent supply of medicines

By - Primary Care Journal

NHS Digital is set to introduce electronic notifications which inform GPs when one of their patients receives an urgent supply of medicine from a community pharmacy.

The new, more secure method improves information sharing between pharmacies and GP practices, saving time by reducing manual processing and follow-up requests for information. Sharing this information quickly and consistently means patient records are more up-to-date, so practice teams are better informed when making decisions about care.

Electronic notifications are currently in use for the urgent supply of medicines made as part of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) and pharmacy administered flu vaccinations.

“This latest stage in the rollout means that a number of GP practices and community pharmacies in England are able to benefit from electronic notifications rather than the current method of email or paper,” said Ian Lowry, Director of Medication, Social Care, Child Health and Maternity at NHS  Digital.

“This saves time for both pharmacy and GP practice staff and supports integrated working between care settings when patients need to access essential medicines in an emergency,” he added.

Commenting on the new initiative, Dr Masood Nazir, Director of Digital Primary Care at NHSX, said: “By sending notifications electronically, we will make life easier for the staff at local pharmacies and family doctors and increase safety for patients, which is arguably more important than ever – this is why we have commissioned NHS Digital to accelerate this important work. ”­­


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