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Patients are encouraged to bring their medicines into hospital with them to aid the medicines reconciliation process.
Sometimes however they may be prescribed something that pharmacy do not stock or that the wards cannot easily access out of hours.
This procedure describes processes ward staff should follow to assess patients own medicines as fit for use.
Patient's own drugs remain their property and consent must be obtained to use or destroy them.
Use the POM1 form to record the receipt and if applicable destruction of patient's own drugs.
Please note this deviation from the NHS GG&C Safe & Secure Handling if Medicines Policy has been approved by Mental Health Prescribing Management Group.
This procedure applies to mental health and learning disability in-patient wards only.
Patient's compliance devices brought into hospital may only be in used if the following criteria are met:
Last reviewed: 29 August 2019
Next review: 01 April 2022
Approved By: Mental Health Prescribing Management Group
Reviewer Name(s): Andrew Walker, Suzanne Burke