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Medicines discharge could be better

The Care Quality Commission has issued a press release that highlights several flaws in the current systems used to managing patients’ medicines after discharge. This has been reported in the general media (BBC).

A survey of 280 surgeries within 12 primary care trusts (PCTs) was conducted and found that, "there are generally good systems in place to ensure that repeat prescribing is safe, and that people don’t carry on taking a medicine for longer than they should". However the following concerns were raised:

Individual study reports are available for the 12 participating PCTs and may provide useful pointers for service improvement.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this study and consider reviewing local systems to ensure that medicines safety is optimal.