NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

DOAC Patient Information Booklet available now

A Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC) Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card have been developed for use across NHSGGC.

This new resource is suitable for patients taking apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban or rivaroxaban and highlights key points about DOAC treatment for patients and/or carers.

Printed booklets/alert cards are available from hospital pharmacy dispensaries across NHSGGC. Arrangements for distribution in Primary Care remain under discussion. A printable electronic version is available at http://www.ggcmedicines.org.uk/DOACS/ in addition to a link to an anonymous feedback survey for patients and healthcare professionals.

Key messages

For Acute Services:

  • Local teams are asked to decide on the most appropriate method of dissemination to patients at the point of discharge.
  • Relevant outpatient clinics and wards can order printed copies from local pharmacy departments on an indent.
  • Clinical teams are asked to refer patients to the electronic version of the booklet as appropriate.
  • Clinical teams are asked to promote the use of the feedback survey.

For Primary Care and Community Pharmacy:

  • It is intended to make printed copies available to GP Practices and Community Pharmacies, however, arrangements for distribution remain under discussion.
  • In the meantime, please refer patients to the electronic version of the booklet as appropriate.
  • The use of the feedback survey should be promoted amongst patients and healthcare professionals.


For further information contact us on Medinfo@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.


Published 30/10/18

For updated information (published on 11/12/18) on the availability of printed booklets and alert cards in primary care, click here.