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Community Pharmacy access to SCR (England only)
Date: January 23, 2017
Community Pharmacy access to SCR (England only)

Community Pharmacy access to SCR (England only)

In June 2015 the Department of Health announced that community pharmacy would be able to access the Summary Care Record (SCR) with a full roll out completed autumn 2017. SCR access by community pharmacy falls under the existing scope of use for emergency and unplanned care as established in the 2010 ministerial review of the SCR.

Pharmacy use of SCR
Pharmacists will make use of SCR to support their decision making based on a clinical need at the time.

As in all other settings access to the SCR is restricted to registered professionals only; including:

  • pharmacists
  • pharmacy technicians
  • locums

Professionals also need to hold a smartcard with specific SCR roles assigned to it, have a N3 connection and able to access the SCR application. All professionals must undergo training before granted access to the SCR. Most importantly the professional must have a legitimate relationship with the patient to access the SCR.

Permission to view the SCR & governance
Professionals wishing to access the SCR must seek patient permission to do so and record this permission.

A privacy officer will be responsible for governance of SCR use in community pharmacy.

Patients and their SCR
A patient can ask to view their own SCR and they can request a print out from the pharmacy professional.

Patients can request information on everybody who has accessed their SCR at any time.

Further information can be found on


November 2016