SBAR - Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation

An SBAR was introduced into the Pharmacy Care Record over a year ago which is a tool to support communications with your GP Practices and other healthcare professionals.  To date just over 1100 SBAR’s have been completed through PCR by 31% of pharmacies in Fife. 

One of the benefits of using the SBAR tool is that you can send the communication to your local GP practice electronically, reducing the risk of paper copies going missing.   If sending by e-mail this MUST be done through NHS Mail as it contains patient specific details.  The preferred e-mail address is the generic mailbox for the GP practice.

You can specify on the SBAR if it is a Prescription Query, a Referral or Other type of communication.  A sample SBAR can be found here

If you require any help completing, saving and electronically sending the SBAR please contact Dawn Balfour (


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