Prescribing Policy

multicolour_pillsPatients registered at the practice will be prescribed medication according to clinical need.

All new patients will be asked about current medication on the New Patient Questionnaire. They will need to see a prescribing clinician for the first issue of any medication.

The practice operates a policy of prescribing medication within licence.

Where medication has been prescribed, this information is recorded in the patient record at the time.

Where contact has taken place away from the surgery (e.g. in the patient’s home), the clinician will ensure the patient record is updated as soon as possible, to maintain accuracy.

Where hospitals have added / discontinued / amended a patient’s medication, the practice will ensure that this information is recorded in the patient record in a timely manner, by the clinician in an appointment setting, or by the dispensary staff upon receipt of correspondence.

When the maximum number of authorised repeat prescriptions has been reached, a request will be sent to the prescriber asking whether the medication can be reauthorised or whether the patient requires an appointment.

The practice policy is that all patients taking medication should receive a medication review at least annually. The review will be undertaken by a clinician.

Where allergies or sensitivities are reported, these will be recorded in the patient record.

When medication is prescribed, the prescriber will advise the patient of any possible side effects and explain that if they experience any side effects, advice should be sought. The patient record will be annotated to say that this advice has been given.

All prescribed medication will be linked to a diagnosis in the patient record and Read Coded appropriately.

Patients will be given advice on how and when to take their medication and this information will also be printed on the prescription and the dispensing label.

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