Patients at Wishaw General are benefiting from a scheme called Patients’ Own Drugs (PODs), which encourages them to bring their own medicines into hospital.
This scheme means that it is now much easier for hospital staff to get a complete list of those medicines a patient is taking at home and can immediately assess their suitability.
Patients are asked to bring in all their own medicines – including those prescribed by their GP or bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, including: This scheme reduces this wastage and also allows patients to be discharged much more quickly as they no longer have to wait as long for their prescriptions
- eye drops
- creams and
- herbal or homeopathic remedies.
Any additional medication that is required is then provided from the hospital pharmacy labelled and stored, alongside the patients’ own medication, in individual bedside medicine lockers. Nursing staff continue to give patients the medicines which patients require during their hospital stay and these medicines are used on discharge.
What happened to patients' medicines before the scheme?
Before the scheme, medicines brought in with patients were returned home with relatives, stored until discharge or destroyed. This made it difficult to get an accurate list of patients’ medicines and resulted in a significant wastage. Often, patients had to wait on more medicines being dispensed before they could be discharged.
What is the benefit of the scheme?
This scheme reduces this wastage and also allows patients to be discharged much more quickly as they no longer have to wait as long for their prescriptions.
Why the scheme?
The PODs scheme follows national guidance from the Scottish Executive on improving the pharmaceutical care of patients and as well as being employed in all acute medical wards in Wishaw it is also used in two orthopaedic wards and one general surgical ward.
For the scheme to continue its success, it is important for all patients coming in to the hospital or to pre-assessment clinics to remember and bring their own medicines with them.
The scheme has been widely supported by GPs and community pharmacists who also encourage patients coming into hospital to take all their medicines with them.
Plans are in place to roll out the scheme to both Monklands and Hairmyres.