The aim is to create awareness of the patient medicine bags (green bags), so that patients who are already on regular medication remember to bring it in when they come into hospital.
This should lead to fewer occasions where there is disruption to that course of treatment and enable staff to get an accurate picture of what medicines patients are already taking. Staff can then put together an accurate medical history and review that medication as part of their overall treatment.
It also means that hospital staff do not need to re-prescribe a medicine as soon as the patient arrives – reducing the potential for wastage.
Sue Garner, Directorate Manager for Clinical Support said: " The green bags are a simple, but effective way of ensuring that hospital admission runs smoothly and effectively for our patients."
"Some patients may already be on a range of different medicines when they come into hospital, so it is important that staff know what they are taking and that the medicine is available."
"It is also important that these are kept in a secure environment - in the designated medicine’s locker while on the ward and in the named medicines bag if the patient is transferred to another area. The medicine can then be taken home again, if required."
The Trust will start to use the bags in admitting areas such as Accident and Emergency and admission wards, and then expand its use in other parts of the hospital.
It also believes that there may be benefits in implementing the bags at an earlier stage in the process.
Mrs Garner said: " We have started talking with GPs and ambulance staff to see how the initiative could work further back down the line, so that when patients arrive at hospital, their medication is already in a dedicated Patient Medicine Bag." Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust. Tel: 01722 425170