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PDA publishes a Discharge Medicines Review Service guide

After receiving enquiries from members around the delivery of the Discharge Medicines Review Service, the PDA has published an informative guide that provides an overview of the service, signposts to useful resources and highlights areas where issues may occur.

Tue 30th March 2021 The PDA

Any members that feel they have any concerns about contractors in relation to the Discharge Medicines Review Service should contact the PDA.

What is the Discharge Medicines Review Service?

The service was brought out to address the increased risk of avoidable medication-related harm following a patients discharge from hospital.

This service went live on 15 February 2021 and seeks to ensure better communication of changes made to a patient’s medicines in hospital. Its aims are to:

  • Optimise the use of medicines, whilst facilitating shared decision making;
  • Reduce harm from medicines at transfers of care;
  • Improve the patients’ understanding of their medicines and how to take them following discharge from hospital;
  • Reduce hospital readmissions; and
  • Support the development of effective team-working across hospital, community and primary care networks, pharmacy teams and general practice teams and provide clarity about respective roles.

Please click below for more information on training requirements and safety considerations whilst delivering this service.



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