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Pharmacy information flows

As the number of people living with long-term conditions continues to grow, pharmacies are providing more services in the community than ever before. In 2018/19, we launched a new pharmacy standard to outline the information that needs to be shared between pharmacies and GP practices.

Once used, it will support a reduction in medication errors, improve patient safety and reduce administrative work for busy staff.

The information shared will include emergency prescriptions, vaccinations, medication and appliance reviews, as well as medications advice for minor illnesses. By making this accessible to the right professionals, it will support better integrated care in the community.

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“As pharmacy services expand further, it will become increasingly important for pharmacists to share vital information about patient care with GPs. By doing this digitally, we can make sure that care professionals have timely access to relevant information, leading to better, safer and more personalised care.”

Stephen Goundrey-Smith, PRSB advisory board member for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
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