COVID-19 update: Vulnerability flag added to SCR

NHS Digital have added a ‘Vulnerability flag’ to the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) of patients who are on the shielded patient list. This enables community pharmacy teams using the SCRa application to see an alert when viewing the SCR of such a patient.

Shielded patients are generally those who  immunosuppressed and at greatest risk from infection from COVID-19; they have been asked by HM Government and the NHS to stay at home for a period of 12 weeks.

The Vulnerability flag will support pharmacy teams’ decision making about how to best support those people in the shielded group.

The flag went live on a pilot basis on Friday 3rd April 2020. Initially the flag will be visible only to community pharmacy teams, with the feature likely to be rolled out to other parts of the health and care system later.

Although the flag will initially only be visible within the NHS Spine SCRa application, it is hoped that clinical and PMR system suppliers that enable pharmacy teams to benefit from the SCR 1-click feature will also be able to display this information in the future, following appropriate development.

How does it work? When pharmacy teams access the SCRa record of a relevant patient, an alert will be displayed when the record of a vulnerable patient is retrieved. A new “COVID-19 risk indicators” section will also be visible on the key demographic information screen.

See screenshots in this PSNC factsheet