exp date isn't null, but text field is
Medication must be given as close as is practical to the specified administration time.
Patients in mental health settings often refuse doses or may be off the ward.
This guidance is intended to support nurses to administer medication in such circumstances.
The following medications should always be given within 2 hours of the prescribed time (not an exhaustive list)
Every patient/clinical situation is different. Consider the risk to patient of delayed/missed doses e.g. treatment failure, withdrawal effects etc. Contact medical/pharmacy staff for advice about delayed or missed medications.
The full guidance can be found here.
Last reviewed: 08 October 2019
Next review: 01 June 2022
Author(s): Safer use of medicines group- mental health.
Approved By: PMG-MH
Reviewer Name(s): Andrew Walker, Suzanne Burke