A new service is streamlining services for patients.
The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust now a team of people who are blazing a trail for a new system where drugs and medicines are prescribed.
Three new pharmacy prescribers are now in place. They are Ros Trotter and Wendy Brown, based at the University Hopsital of Hartlepool, and Jane Robson, at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Head of pharmacy Philip Dean explained: “For a number of years now we have had nurse prescribers but the law has now changed legislation to allow pharmacists to prescribe drugs and medicines. Across the trust we currently have three qualified independent pharmacist prescribers, with another two in training.”
At the University Hospital of Hartlepool it’s Ros Trotter and Wendy Brown who are blazing the trail for the new service.
Wendy said: “Ros and I have undergone a special training programme and we work closely with the medical team.
“In practical terms it means that, instead of having to go and look for the doctor when a patient’s prescription needs to be altered I can speed the whole process up for the patient and authorise this myself.
“It’s very helpful when a patient comes into hospital. People can’t always remember what drugs they are taking so we can work through this with them and make sure they have the drugs they need straightaway.
“I work with consultant chest physician Dr Katie Elmer. It works well for her as well on this very busy ward. She knows when she’s done her rounds that I will ensure the patients are getting the drugs and medicines they need quickly.”
Mr Dean added: “Our pharmacy prescribers bridge the gap between nurses and doctors and offer a holistic service, not only looking after patients with specific conditions, but also reviewing all of the medicines they are taking. It’s a great help to our junior doctors too; having experienced prescribers on hand when they need to talk something over means there are no delays for patients.”
Ros added: “We get to know the patients very well and, if there are things in their drugs tretaments that need changing, we can talk this over with the patient and do it there and then.
“It’s a much more responsive service, it’s better for patients and takes the pressure off the doctors so they can concentrate on the things that only they can do.”