NHS England to tackle overprescription in care homes

The NHS is broadening its pilot scheme on cutting back on unnecessary and potentially harmful overuse of medicines for care home residents.

This week the NHS has announced that it will expand regional pilots set up as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Making the announcement, England Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Keith Ridge said:

“Too many patients are prescribed medicines they may no longer need or may need adjusting, which is why the NHS Long Term Plan is funding expert pharmacy teams across the country to give tailored advice to care home residents and extra support to staff to increase the safety and quality of older people’s care.”

“Rather than assuming there’s a pill for every ill, increasing the availability of specialist health advice in care homes will mean residents get more personalised treatment, reduced chances of being admitted to hospital and people will have a better quality of life, for longer.”

According to NHS England, around 400,000 people live in nursing and residential care homes in England.

It is reported that 35%-40% of admissions of these elderly residents to hospital are thought to be avoidable through action such as tackling over medication.

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Published 15. May 2019 in News, News UK