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Medicines support to reduce hospital readmissions

Posted: - 28th October 2019

Over £13.8m has been saved by the NHS in our region and more than 1,000 patients have avoided being readmitted to hospital as a result of eight Trusts adopting our Transfer of Care Around Medicines programme

Community pharmacists have completed over 4,800 referrals made by the trusts between April 2018 and March 2019.

The TCAM programme supports patients who have been discharged from hospital and may need extra help taking their prescribed medicines. This may be because they’ve had changes to their prescription, have started something new, or just need a bit of help to ensure they are taking their medicines safely and effectively

The programme ensures patients are referred through a safe and secure digital platform to their local community pharmacist when they are discharged from hospital. The initiative has shown that patients who see their community pharmacist after they’ve been in hospital are less likely to be readmitted and, if they are, will have a shorter length of stay.

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If we improve the information that pharmacists get, we can improve patient care and pick up any errors before patients are readmitted to hospital again.

Melissa Burnley, Service Development Lead, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire

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