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Use of Adverse Drug Reaction section on Choose Pharmacy

Dear All
Following a routine review of Choose Pharmacy data, NWIS have noticed that a number of pharmacists have accessed patient records within the flu module to record an Adverse Drug Reaction inappropriately. In these instances pharmacists have annotated the record with one of the following clinical messages:
  •          None
  •          NA
  •          Print test
  •          Just checking form
  •          Problem reported to PCS helpdesk
  •          Wrong vaccine selected
  •          LLKJ
Accessing a patient record and recording information within the “ADR” section will result in a flag being added to the patient record to notify that the patient has had an adverse drug reaction to a vaccine. If the record has been annotated in this way inappropriately, it will result in an inaccurate patient record and potential clinical consequences if the patient presents in future years for vaccination.
The “Find patient” function within the flu module should only be used in the following instances:
  •          To record an adverse drug reaction
There is no need to access the find patient function unless a patient reports an ADR following pharmacy vaccination.
The Choose Pharmacy Flu Module User Guide may support you in using the application, Section 1.2 (page 15) refers to use of the find patient function to record ADRs. The user guide is available on the CPW website:
If you have any queries, please contact me to discuss.
Yours sincerely
Rachel Williams
Primary Care Manager
NHS Wales Informatics Service | Gwasanaeth Gwybodeg GIG Cymru 
Tel / Ffon: 02920 503284