Ebola Guidance

In view of recent changes in guidance from PHE (Public Health England) I have updated the link in the Infectious Disease section of the website to point to the relevant page on the PHE website. The guidance will therefore always be current.

Medicines Issues

Our pharmacist has been reviewing our prescribing and there are a couple of issues which she has noticed. I would be grateful if doctors could read the memo below and ensure they follow the advice.

When writing a purple FP10rec form for a supply made from either the GatDoc cupboard or any of the home visit boxes please try to make sure the drug name, form, strength and quantity is stated. 
It is not necessary to include the batch and expiry date information (for items administered to patients directly e.g. injection, nebule, STAT doses the batch and expiry should be recorded on the Adastra record for audit trail purposes)

If supplying prednisolone, please clearly state "soluble" if it is the soluble that is being supplied. 
NB standard 5mg tablets are in packs of 28, soluble are in packs of 30 and for both clinical audit purposes and due to the large price differential we need to know which has been supplied.

Waste in Rooms

When going a shift on Saturday I was alarmed to notice several used auroscope earpieces stacked up on the desk in one of the rooms. I spoke to the Health Care Assistants who told me that this was a common occurrence and that used urine sample bottles & test strips are commonly left out as well. There are clinical waste bins in all the consulting rooms; I would like to request that doctors use them as there are obvious infection risks in not doing so.