Care home pro­ject is a win­ner

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff reporter

NHS La­nark­shire scooped an award for a pi­o­neer­ing ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing phar­ma­cists in care homes.

It won the in­no­va­tion and change in phar­macy prac­tice cat­e­gory at the Scot­tish Phar­ma­cist Awards.

NHS Lana r k s h i r e care homes phar­ma­cist, Francesca Aaen said: “It’s cer­tainly an in­no­va­tive ap­proach and may be a use­ful ex­am­ple for other health boards across Scot­land to fol­low.

“Most care homes in La­nark­shire are linked to a lo­cal GP prac­tice which vis­its reg­u­larly to re­view pre­scrib­ing for res­i­dents.

“We fo­cused on the small num­ber of homes that don’t have that ar­range­ment and pi­loted a phar­ma­cist pre­scriber ser­vice in four of them.

“Pha rma c i s t s can pre­scribe med­i­ca­tion, mean­ing they can re­view cur­rent treat­ment and make changes with­out need­ing go­ing back to the GP.”

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