Dispensing

The benefits of employing pharmacists in GP practices

The benefits of employing pharmacists in GP practices

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.

Latest dispensing articles

CQC Essentials: Prescriptions in dispensing practices

CQC Essentials: Prescriptions in dispensing practices

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.

How we integrate GP and pharmacy services

How we integrate GP and pharmacy services

Our on-site pharmacy helps us provide enhanced and seamless patient care, says Dr Philip Koopowitz.

New rules on opening pharmacies

New rules on opening pharmacies

Dr Jeremy Phipps explains what GPs in England should know if they want to open a pharmacy or rent space to a new pharmacy.

Electronic prescribing problems

Electronic prescribing problems

The Electronic Prescription Service has proved tricky for dispensing practices to use.

Managing risk in the dispensary

Managing risk in the dispensary

Specific risk assessments must be undertaken for the dispensary, writes Annette Arthur.

Reducing medication errors

Reducing medication errors

Dispensing practices must draw up coherent communication policies to prevent medication errors.

The process of prescription switching

The process of prescription switching

Why it is important to ensure the backs of prescription forms are correctly completed.

The principles of endorsing

The principles of endorsing

Efficient endorsing can help practices to protect their dispensing income.

Providing good customer care

Providing good customer care

Dispensers need to communicate effectively and be able to assess patients' needs.

How to manage and appraise dispensing staff

How to manage and appraise dispensing staff

The Dispensing Services Quality Scheme (DSQS) provides an excellent framework with which to assess a dispenser's work.

Cash-handling in dispensaries

Cash-handling in dispensaries

Surgeries must ensure they keep on top of the reconciliation process.

The importance of clear labelling

The importance of clear labelling

Good practice and common sense play a large part in the labelling process.


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