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HEALTH MINISTER BACKS NEW MEDICINES SERVICE

01/11/2011
New pharmacy service to benefit patients
 
 
The Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has highlighted a new service that will be available from Welsh pharmacies from Tuesday 1 November.

Changes announced to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in Wales include the introduction of a  Discharge Medicines Review service.

The service will provide support to individuals following discharge from a care setting into the community for example, when a patient is discharged from hospital to home, by improving transfer of medicines information.

This means that patients will be able to take their discharge letter to their community pharmacy to ensure that the medication prescribed in hospital will continue to be prescribed, if appropriate, in the community.  Their pharmacist will also be able to consider  their hospital discharge prescription along side any other medication they may be prescribed, such as medication for long standing chronic conditions.

Lesley Griffiths said:

“The introduction of this service means that pharmacists and doctors will work closely together to make sure that changes in medication that occur whilst people are in  hospital, or other care setting, are  identified and acted upon  when they are discharged. This will improve the service to patients and improve patient safety, as well as cutting down on wasted medicines.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact Gareth John on 029 2089 8100
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