Dentists given access to emergency care summary

DENTISTS in Scotland have been granted access to emergency care summary records (ECS).

Dentists working in NHS out-of-hours services and those within the Public Dental Services can now, with consent, view emergency patient information. This includes their name, address, GP contact information, prescribed medication and any adverse drug reactions.

Chief Dental Officer of Scotland Margie Taylor announced the change in a recent letter to NHS health boards. She said the ECS Service Board had agreed to extend access which should "improve the quality and safety of dental treatment being provided."

She added that clinical dental leads should now liaise with NHS board e-health staff to implement the changes.

The changes do not apply in England where authorised healthcare professionals can access emergency information in patients’ Summary Care Records. Access to these documents is to be extended to pharmacists later this year.

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