Ward-Based Medicine Management

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The department operates a ward-based medicines management service on all sites provided by ward-based clinical teams made up of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants with the majority of ward areas using an electronic prescribing and administration system.

The medicines management service involves the recording of a medication history of new patients at admission, with reconciliation against the medicines prescribed. The clinical screening of the prescription by a pharmacist ensures that the medicines prescribed are safe, effective, economic and rational for the patient’s condition and admission. Medicines optimization is a priority for all our ward based staff. We fully endorse the use of the Pharmacy Consultation Skills Framework and ensure all our activities have patient centred-care at the forefront.

The electronic prescribing and administration system is used by the Pharmacy team to order medication which is then dispensed and labelled for use on the wards and at discharge. Medication that patients have brought into hospital is checked and used (where appropriate) to provide consistency for the patient and economical use of medicines previously dispensed. Many of the wards operate a one-stop dispensing process where medication is dispensed on admission ready for discharge and stored in an individual medication locker. This facilitates the use of patient’s own medication and prompt discharge of the patient when fit to return home.

We encourage multidisciplinary learning through using CPPE materials to facilitate Learning@lunch sessions on current clinical topics, such as dementia and heart failure.