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20/05/2015

Repeat prescribing for GPs - Wales

Repeat prescribing for GPs - Wales

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Medication errors make up a fifth of all errors occurring in general practice and many of these are preventable. Extra care must be taken when repeat prescribing, especially if you were not the original prescriber and have not seen the patient. This factsheet outlines the pitfalls, and gives advice on avoiding errors.

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Factsheet 19/05/2015

Safe prescribing - Wales

Safe prescribing - Wales

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing in the UK has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Factsheet 06/05/2015

Repeat prescribing for GPs - Scotland

Repeat prescribing for GPs - Scotland

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Medication errors make up a fifth of all errors occurring in general practice and many of these are preventable. Extra care must be taken when repeat prescribing, especially if you were not the original prescriber and have not seen the patient. This factsheet outlines the pitfalls, and gives advice on avoiding errors.

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Factsheet 22/01/2015

Safe prescribing - Northern Ireland

Safe prescribing - Northern Ireland

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing have been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Factsheet 01/10/2014

Controlled drugs - Scotland

Controlled drugs - Scotland

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Under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations (2001), GPs have a responsibility for controlled drugs (CDs) within their practice. This factsheet highlights what you should be aware of when carrying, storing and recording controlled drugs.

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Your repeat prescribing journey

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Your repeat prescribing journey

Repeat prescribing is a complex journey that accounts for 75% of prescriptions issued in general practice. With more than 20 steps from the initial decision to prescribe to the patient finally taking the medication, the opportunity for error is great. Therefore, it is no wonder that errors in repeat prescribing frequently occur.

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Articles and features 02/04/2014

Top five medicolegal hazards for junior doctors

Top five medicolegal hazards for junior doctors

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Good doctors apply clinical knowledge in a way that is legally and ethically correct – but all doctors can slip up. Here are survival tips for the top five medicolegal risks for junior doctors, writes Charlotte Hudson

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Factsheet 01/04/2014

Controlled drugs - Northern Ireland

Controlled drugs - Northern Ireland

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In Northern Ireland, unlike England and Wales, out-of-hours (OOH) organisations may expect GPs to carry and use controlled drugs (CDs) from their own stock. This factsheet highlights what you should be aware of when carrying, storing and recording controlled drugs.

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Articles and features 01/02/2014

Case study - an unfortunate prescription

Case study - an unfortunate prescription

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Mrs H was a 35-year-old teaching assistant who also had two school-aged children. She was obese with a BMI of 40. In 2006, she had seen Dr G with left knee pain. Dr G recorded that on examination her knee was tender over her medial joint line but was otherwise stable. He initially prescribed diclofenac and advised her to lose weight.

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01/04/2013

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Factsheet 01/03/2013

Controlled drugs - Wales

Controlled drugs - Wales

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Under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations (2001), GPs have a responsibility for controlled drugs (CDs) within their practice. This factsheet highlights what you should be aware of when carrying, storing and recording controlled drugs.

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Case report 01/05/2011

A dosing disaster

A dosing disaster

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Mrs E, a 29-year-old solicitor, who was 35 weeks pregnant, was admitted to hospital for antihypertensive treatment as she had developed pre-eclampsia. She had a history of epilepsy, which was well controlled by treatment with phenytoin and phenobarbitone. She had been prescribed these medications since her teenage years and had decided to continue with them throughout her pregnancy after appropriate advice and counselling.

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Case report 01/01/2011

Repeat offender

Repeat offender

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Mrs B was a 49-year-old deputy headteacher who, for 18 months, had been increasingly troubled by heavy irregular menstrual bleeding. She was referred to a gynaecologist who carried out a pelvic US and an endomentrial biopsy. In her follow-up appointment with the gynaecologist, Mrs B was told that her investigations had been normal and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was suggested to regulate her bleeding. The gynaecologist told Mrs B that he would be writing to her GP with his opinion and treatment recommendations.

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Case report 01/01/2009

Weighing up the risks

Weighing up the risks

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Miss F was a 30-year-old bank clerk. She worked very hard and found little time to take exercise. She was obese, weighing 105kg and with a BMI of 45. She went to see Dr Y, asking for contraception as she had a new partner.

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Case report 01/09/2008

Problems with eardrops

Problems with eardrops

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Following a minor respiratory tract infection, Mr Y, a 54-year old postman, developed leftsided hearing loss. Mr Y was referred to a consultant ENT surgeon, Mr A, who confirmed a left-sided middle ear effusion.

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Case report 01/09/2007

Bitter pill

Bitter pill

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Mrs S was a 29-year-old secretary with two children. She was obese, with a BMI of 35, and smoked 45 cigarettes a day. She went to see Dr D asking for contraception several months after the birth of her second child. Dr D checked her blood pressure, which was normal, and prescribed a combined oral contraceptive pill.

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Case report 01/09/2006

Respiratory depression from postoperative analgesia

Respiratory depression from postoperative analgesia

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Mr K, a 37-year-old professional, was admitted for an elective anterior resection of the bowel. Dr A, a consultant anaesthetist, performed the anaesthetic, inserting an epidural catheter to manage postoperative pain with a continuous infusion.

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