‘Refer to Pharmacy’ Hospital Discharge – Vale of York CCG

CPNY, Vale of York CCG and the York Hospital Trust have been working to set up a pilot Hospital Discharge ‘Refer To Pharmacy’ system on PharmOutcomes.  It is anticipated that around 95% of referrals would result in an NMS.  Initially, the service will concentrate on COPD and Cardiology patients for a four month period following hospital discharge, after which it will be reviewed with a view to widening it to all patients.

It is widely acknowledged that greater collaboration between healthcare professionals can make a difference to patient safety and community pharmacies are an integral part of the medicines optimisation process. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that hospital and community pharmacists should collaborate in its medicines optimisation guidance and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has developed a toolkit to aid pharmacist to pharmacist referrals between sectors.  To introduce pharmacies to the process, a training event was held on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

The purpose of the training event was to introduce pharmacies to the Hospital Discharge Refer to Pharmacy Refer pilot, which aims to ensure patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines and that any issues with doses, side effects or drug interactions can be dealt with in a timely manner. If however you were unable to attend the event, please click on the links below to view the slides and handouts:


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Also, if you would like to see a PharmOutcomes demonstration on how the referral would work in practice, click below:



The new system will go live on Monday 13th June 2016.