According to a new report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), patients could be at risk unless the management of medicines between services such as GP practices and hospitals is improved.
The report – Managing patients’ medicines after discharge from hospital – looks at how well patients’ medication is managed after patients leave hospital.
The CQC visited 12 primary care trusts (PCTs), and surveyed 280 of their GP practices and found some evidence of good practice, but also found the following concerns:
- Information shared about patients moving between GPs and hospitals is often patchy, incomplete and not shared quickly enough
- GP patient records are not always updated by clinical staff
- Too few patients are offered discussions with their GP about managing their medication
- GPs are not consistently reporting medication incidents and errors, and PCTs are not always monitoring them.
CQC Chief Executive Cynthia Bower says: “There needs to be a change of attitude in the NHS in recognising how important it is for clinicians to pass the baton smoothly between services in order to offer person-centred, integrated care.”
Download the report Managing patients’ medicines after discharge from hospital here.