Almost half of prescriptions handed out at Basildon Hospital are wrong

Echo: Almost half of prescriptions handed out at Basildon Hospital are wrong Almost half of prescriptions handed out at Basildon Hospital are wrong

AS many as 49 per cent of prescriptions given to Basildon Hospital patients are wrong, a leading pharmacist at the hospital has said.

Inspectors from NHS England said medicine management was still not good enough at the hospital, but noted some good practice was identified.

Concerns were raised that about 30 per cent of prescriptions given to patients when they were discharged were checked to ensure they were correct.

Normal practice would be to check them all.

The report says: “GPs have reported not feeling confident in discharge medication. In particular, the pharmacy lead expressed concern high error rates could still continue. It was felt the clinical risk of this had not been fully appreciated by the trust.”

Examples of errors included courses of antibiotics which should have been continued on discharge were not continued, while some medications that should have been stopped were carried on.

Monitor and the Care Quality Commission are expected to check medicine management has improved through its normal review process.

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4:31pm Thu 19 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

It is a fact that southend hospital is not perfect either as one in my family realised - in time.
It is a fact that southend hospital is not perfect either as one in my family realised - in time. jolllyboy

4:48pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Trouble is the labels are in English.....
Trouble is the labels are in English..... Nowthatsworthknowing

4:58pm Thu 19 Dec 13

runwellian says...

jolllyboy wrote:
It is a fact that southend hospital is not perfect either as one in my family realised - in time.
I have recently left southend hospital on double the dose of a drug, that i should have had.
I contacted the hospital the ward and the pharmacy but it took a week to get any anyone to confirm the dosage was double what it should be … and could have had dire consequences!

REcently i was admitted and discharged, requested a copy of my discharge letter, but guess what, they can't find any record to show I was admitted int he first place.

Having collapse int he hospital been to 'resus', then admitted to a ward, it is very worrying indeed that they don't know I was admitted as I cannot follow up on my care without knowing what the problem was!

Must be quite easy to fiddle figures if you don't know if someone has passed through your doors!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: It is a fact that southend hospital is not perfect either as one in my family realised - in time.[/p][/quote]I have recently left southend hospital on double the dose of a drug, that i should have had. I contacted the hospital the ward and the pharmacy but it took a week to get any anyone to confirm the dosage was double what it should be … and could have had dire consequences! REcently i was admitted and discharged, requested a copy of my discharge letter, but guess what, they can't find any record to show I was admitted int he first place. Having collapse int he hospital been to 'resus', then admitted to a ward, it is very worrying indeed that they don't know I was admitted as I cannot follow up on my care without knowing what the problem was! Must be quite easy to fiddle figures if you don't know if someone has passed through your doors! runwellian

7:22pm Thu 19 Dec 13

echoforum says...

explains why basildon has so many young,fat people in need of walking sticks
explains why basildon has so many young,fat people in need of walking sticks echoforum

9:41pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

Far far far too many people are quick enough to winge & complain about our under funded, under staffed NHS hospitals. Most of the time people jump on the media bandwagon:
Far far far too many people are quick enough to winge & complain about our under funded, under staffed NHS hospitals. Most of the time people jump on the media bandwagon: Southend Andy

1:42pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

No doubt staff were locally educated in the area's secondary schools......
No doubt staff were locally educated in the area's secondary schools...... Stamper2

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