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Palliative Care Drugs

Pharmacies commissioned to provide this service stock a locally agreed list of medicines and make a commitment to ensure that the users of the service have prompt access to these medicines, in response to the presentation of an NHS prescription, during the pharmacies' contracted opening hours.

Please note: Other pharmacies will routinely stock many, if not all, of these drugs as part of their usual dispensary stock.

In the event of there being insufficient stock to fill an immediate need the pharmacy will liaise with another community pharmacy in the service with stock and/or other local community pharmacies.  The pharmacy will aim to locate a pharmacy with sufficient in-date stock and request that they reserve that stock for collection by the user.  If no further stock can be located the pharmacy will contact the prescriber to discuss a suitable alternative.

This service is available within the pharmacies opening hours only (available from NHS Choices www.nhs.uk).  Outside these hours requests should be directed to the Out of Hours Service Provider for the relevant area.

If you are interested in providing this service in your pharmacy please click here for information on what you need to do.

A Palliative Care Drugs Service is commissioned in the following areas:

  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees
  • Leeds

 The list of drugs stocked varies in each area.  Please contact us if you require a list of these drugs.

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Palliative Care Service Draft 

NHS England are reviewing the current Palliative Care Drugs services commissioned within West Yorkshire with a view to commissioning a new single West Yorkshire service.  Below are the draft service specification, selection criteria and formulary.

Draft Service Specification

Draft Formulary

Participating Pharmacies Selections Criteria

NHS England have asked for feedback on the draft Palliative Care Service and have asked for the following short survey to be completed before 11th December 2015.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VMPCFB9 

 

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Palliative Care - General

The novel “wheel” or “spider diagram” format of this guideline was developed by St Gemma’s Hospice over 15 years ago, to support

  • the safe conversion between different opioids
  • enable the safe administration of the same opioid by a different route
  •  to calculate and check the accuracy of “PRN” doses of opioids for patients receiving regular opioids

St Gemma’s clinical team, including Professor Michael Bennett, St Gemma’s Professor of Palliative Medicine, have updated the guideline in line with current company data and seminal specialist palliative care resources.

Although the current (2006) version of the guideline was never formally distributed to non-specialist palliative care providers across Leeds, many have a copy and have found it a useful resource.

The updated 2016 guideline is now approved for use by both specialist and non-specialist palliative care use across Leeds, supported by a project led by the Leeds Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network (MCN).

It is expected that non-specialists will predominantly continue to use the guide as a checking tool. If any discrepancies or queries arise during this checking process the prescriber must be contacted.

Prescribers are responsible for their own decisions. It is imperative to read the notes on the right hand side of the document and seek specialist palliative care advice as needed.

The Leeds Opioid Conversion Guide For Adult Palliative Care Patients 2016 is available as a PDF document on:

PLEASE REPLACE ANY PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF THE GUIDELINE WITH THIS 2016 UPDATE

Opioid Wheel

 

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Bradford Palliative Care Drugs Service

Palliative Care Service Specification

 

Claims should be sent to:

Jon Hainsworth, NHS England – North (Yorkshire and Humber), Ground Floor, 3 City Office Park, Meadow Lane, Leeds, LS11 5BD

 

Service Commissioner:

NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team - england.wyat-phes@nhs.net - 0113 825 2700

 

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Calderdale Palliative Care Drugs Service

Palliative Care Service Specification

Updated List Dec 13

CP Letter Dec 13

 

Claims should be sent to:

Primary Care - Pharmacy, NHS England – North (Yorkshire and Humber), Ground Floor, 3 City Office Park, Meadow Lane, Leeds, LS11 5BD  

 

Service Commissioner:

NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team - england.wyat-phes@nhs.net - 0113 825 2700

 

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Kirklees Palliative Care Drugs Service

Palliative Care Service Specification

 

Claims should be sent to:

Primary Care - Pharmacy, NHS England – North (Yorkshire and Humber), Ground Floor, 3 City Office Park, Meadow Lane, Leeds, LS11 5BD  

 

NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team - england.wyat-phes@nhs.net - 0113 825 2700

 

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Leeds Palliative Care Drugs Service

Palliative Care Service Specification

Claims Form

 

Claims should be sent to:

Primary Care - Pharmacy, NHS England – North (Yorkshire and Humber), Ground Floor, 3 City Office Park, Meadow Lane, Leeds, LS11 5BD  

 

NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team - england.wyat-phes@nhs.net - 0113 825 2700

 

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