A Cornwall-based practice has recruited two primary care pharmacists, freeing up doctors' time, delivering cost-savings and enhancing patient care. Dr Helen Williams and pharmacist Mark Stone describe how it works.
The CQC explains the processes practices should have in place if a GP in a dispensing practices sends a prescription to the dispensary, which is then dispensed before it's signed.
Our on-site pharmacy helps us provide enhanced and seamless patient care, says Dr Philip Koopowitz.
Dr Jeremy Phipps explains what GPs in England should know if they want to open a pharmacy or rent space to a new pharmacy.
The Electronic Prescription Service has proved tricky for dispensing practices to use.
Specific risk assessments must be undertaken for the dispensary, writes Annette Arthur.
Dispensing practices must draw up coherent communication policies to prevent medication errors.
Why it is important to ensure the backs of prescription forms are correctly completed.
Efficient endorsing can help practices to protect their dispensing income.
Dispensers need to communicate effectively and be able to assess patients' needs.
The Dispensing Services Quality Scheme (DSQS) provides an excellent framework with which to assess a dispenser's work.
Surgeries must ensure they keep on top of the reconciliation process.
Good practice and common sense play a large part in the labelling process.