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TrakCare Referral to the Anticoagulation Service

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Category - Medicines Update

Prior to discharge, a prescriber must refer all patients on, or to be commenced on warfarin (or acenocoumarol) to the Glasgow and Clyde Anticoagulation Service (GCAS).  This should be regardless of whether: 

  • Their anticoagulation is considered stable or not
  • They had an appointment arranged prior to admission

Hospital Medicines added to GP practice prescription record

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Category - Medicines Update

Adding “outside” medicines (those prescribed and supplied outside the practice) to patient prescriptions will result in:

  • Safer prescribing: prescription record is complete allowing GP practice clinical decision support to flag drug interactions
  • Increased patient safety: these medicines appear in the Emergency Care Summary (ECS)
  • Improved medicines reconciliation: due to more complete record of prescribing in ECS