Pilot scheme will test emergency medicines supply IT in Wales
May 9 2016
A pilot scheme to test new software making it easier for patients to obtain emergency supplies of medication will start in the next few weeks.
NHS Wales Informatics is introducing the pharmacy software which will notify the patient’s GP about the emergency supply. It will also allow other pharmacies to see that an emergency medicine has been dispensed and avoid duplicate supply.
“The service will be trialled during the spring with roll out across Wales later this year,” said NHS Wales Informatics. “Evaluation of a similar emergency medicines service in North East England found considerable cost savings compared with prescriptions issued by emergency and out of hours’ doctors. It also identified that 15% of calls to the out of hours’ service relate to emergency medication at busy times, such as bank holidays.”
Another element being introduced will allow a hospital patient’s nominated community pharmacist to view any discharge medication, and allow the pharmacist to undertake an electronic discharge medicines review.
The software introduction is part of the Welsh Government's Choose Pharmacy initiative, promoting the use of community pharmacies as a ‘first port-of-call for patients’.