MR technician and assistant roles were modified to ensure advanced dispensing for discharge and increased time for MR, ward-based labelling and pre-pack selection. Changes made to the electronic discharge form allowed pharmacists to indicate prescription urgency and dispensary processes were redesigned for optimal workflow and prioritisation. MR rates, dispensing times and the proportion selleck chemicals of ward-based prescription processing were measured monthly, using a combination of manual and electronic data collection methods. Ethics committee approval was not required. Over the period Apr 2013 to Feb 2014, the proportion
of TTOs completed at ward level on the focus wards increased from 5% to
22%. The average time for completion of these prescriptions was 12 minutes. Over the same time period, for all wards in Pictilisib the hospital, the average turnaround time for dispensary completion of urgent TTOs reduced from 125 minutes to 32 minutes. The table below shows dispensing times in Feb 2014 compared to a baseline in Apr 2013: Pharmacist prioritisation No. of prescriptions Average dispensary turnaround time (hours) Proportion completed within target Feb 14 Apr 13 Feb 14 Apr 13 Feb 14 Apr 13 Urgent (1–2 hours) 848 (48%) Total 1646 prescriptions with no priority assigned 0.53 2.08 100% 412 (25%) within 90 minute target MR within 24 hours of admission improved from 56% to 82% on the focus wards. We have reduced medicines related delays at discharge by optimising pharmacy activity along the entire discharge prescription pathway, moving activity from the dispensary to wards, reviewing the roles and skill mix of ward-based staff and fully integrating ward-based and dispensary processes. Improving MR rates was considered important to assist with accurate writing of discharge prescriptions and assessment of patients’; own medicines in Buspirone HCl preparation for discharge. Emphasis was placed on
increasing ward-based clinical screening and medicines supply to reduce bottlenecks in the dispensary and eliminate delivery delays. The hospital is now focussing on other causes of discharge delay, but whilst all wards have benefitted from this project, only six currently receive the new comprehensive ward-based service. Further work and investment is required to extend this to other wards and clinical specialities and particularly to improve availability of pharmacy services to support weekend discharges. 1. NHS England. High quality care for all now, and for future generations: Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England – Urgent and Emergency Care Review end of Phase 1 Report. Nov 2013. 2. Care Quality Commission Inspection Report. Southampton General Hospital. Dec 2012. L. Lewisa, K.