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Users of Cegedim Pharmacy Manager PMR system can now quickly access additional patient information, the company has said.

Pharmacy teams will obtain the access following successful integration of the software with the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) service.

“Pharmacy professionals logged in with their Smartcard can click straight through to a selected patient’s SCR without having to log into the NHS portal separately and completing a manual search,” the company said.

Quicker access to SCR – which provides a full picture of a patient’s health and medication history – allows pharmacies to provide improved patient care and view critical information, such as the Covid-19 shielded flag, it said.

Commenting on the development, Steve Bradley, group managing director, Cegedim UK, said: “Integration with the SCR positively contributes to patient safety, efficiency and effectiveness, which are three tenets of service delivery that we feel very strongly about.

“By having a patient’s record easily accessible from the PMR, not only can pharmacists mitigate the risk of prescribing errors and patient misidentification, but they can also save a significant amount of time, which opens up opportunities for value-added services.”

Pharmacist Tom Bisset from Ward Green Pharmacy in Barnsley added: “Having speedy access to the SCR is helping the service we can provide to patients and reducing the need to log into a separate portal to access the SCR or the need to telephone the GP practice.”

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