Prescribing and Medicines Management
Somerset medicines management website aims to provide prescribers with the most up to date policies, documents and guides to better prescribing.
The Medicines Management Team ensure that local formularies, medicines optimisation work, and commissioning decisions around prescribing reflect the needs of the Somerset population and allow the uptake of safe, cost effective, evidence based, innovative medicines and treatments.
With this in mind, consider also that:
- up to 50% of patients do not take their medicines as intended
- between five and eight per-cent of all unplanned hospital admissions are due to medication issues
- in primary care it is estimated at least £300m is spent each year on medicines that go to waste
- according to medication safety data, the NHS could do much better at reporting and preventing avoidable harm from medicines
- resistance to antibiotics presents a very real and significant threat to modern healthcare.
The Somerset Prescribing Formulary is a living document. It is continuously updated as prescribing decisions are made locally or as new national guidance is considered by the Somerset Prescribing Forum or local Drug & Therapeutics Committees:
- Quick Reference Guide October 2020
- Somerset Traffic Light System 36th Edition Nov 2020
- Managing Infections Guidance for Primary Care
- Managing Infections Quick Reference Guide
- Specials Guidance
- Wound Formulary
- Continence Preferred Product List
- Adrenaline auto-injector advice on use for GPs and patients
- Hydration leaflet
- Sip Feed Comparison Chart updated October 2020
- Just In Case Protocol CCG version 2.3 Feb 2017 Final
- Emollient Guidance
- EMIS Formulary Jan2020