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PSNC responds to RCGP's forecast of increasing waits for GP appointments

PSNC has today responded to a warning from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) that patients across England face waiting longer than a week for a GP or practice nurse appointment on more than 100 million occasions by 2022. The press release from RCGP states that, if current trends continue, the number of instances when patients...

13 hours ago

Ask PSNC: NUMSAS FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) since the service has gone live. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q.Q. How do I claim payment for provision of NUMSAS? Contractors must complete the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service Claim submission...

20 hours ago

July 2017 Price Concessions/NCSO (further update)

The Department of Health has granted the following price concessions for July 2017: Drug Pack size Price concession Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £11.95 Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £5.85 Buspirone 10mg tablets 30 £9.57 Dapsone 50mg tablets 28 £46.19 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.52 Exemestane 25mg tablets (new) 30 £65.00 Levetiracetam 1g...

4 days ago

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South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) coordinates issues of prescribing across the member organisations listed below. It pulls together guidelines that are produced to provide seamless care.


Improving communication about medicines between primary and secondary care

If you have a query regarding the medicines for a patient who has been under the care of Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Please email;  medicinesinformation@nhs.net or call 0113 206 4344 / Fax 0113 206 5210

 

If your patient has been or is in the care of Leeds & York Partnership FT

Please email: Pharmacyleedspft.lypft@nhs.net  or call 0113 855 6319 / Fax 0113 855 6322

 

Medicines Information Websites

Below are a few websites commonly used in practice by medicines information services that are free to access and may be of use when dealing with enquiries within community pharmacy

Electronic Medicines Compendiumhttps://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/ - For information on the SPC of individual products

UKTIShttp://www.uktis.org/html/exposures_abc.html - information on exposure of various medicines during pregnancy.

BUMPShttp://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/ - useful summaries for patients and their carers about various medicines used in pregnancy.

UKMi Drugs in Lactation – http://www.midlandsmedicines.nhs.uk/content.asp?section=6&subsection=17&pageIdx=1 – West Midlands Medicines Information service database on use of various medicines during breastfeeding.

LactMed – http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm - American resource for drugs used in breastfeeding.

Palliative Care Guidelines Plushttp://book.pallcare.info/ - information on medicines management issues commonly encountered in palliative care.

Green Book Online – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book -  Information on vaccines/schedules from DoH, useful for vaccine related enquiries.

Paediatric Formulary http://www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/our-services/hospital/pharmacy/formulary.aspx

and http://cms.ubqo.com/public/d2595446-ce3c-47ff-9dcc-63167d9f4b80

Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from the Regional Medicines Information Centre in Newcastle 0191 2824631.  This and other useful medicines information numbers can be find in the front cover of the BNF.