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Better information on flu vaccination as GP systems roll out notification service

 

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Better information on flu vaccination as GP systems roll out notification service

Two GP system suppliers are rolling out an NHS Digital service that enables information about flu vaccinations to be sent electronically from pharmacies to GP practices.

The service for pharmacies and GPs using PharmOutcomes and SystmOne started with a trial in Leeds last autumn. Other suppliers are expected to adapt their systems for the service this year. More than 30,000 electronic messages carrying flu vaccine information have been sent during this winter’s flu season so far. This has saved time for GP practices and pharmacies, helped to improve data quality and reduced the possibility of errors. Information can be received by GP systems and added to the patient’s medical record as soon as the notification is received from the pharmacy. This prevents patients who have already had a flu vaccine from being contacted unnecessarily and could be used to identify those in at-risk groups who haven’t had their vaccine.