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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21520: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask Scottish Government how NHS boards ensure that people with Parkinson’s who are in hospital are always provided with their appropriate medication on time.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 26 February 2019

Ensuring patients receive their medication on time when in hospital is a fundamental aspect of good quality care. This is set out in professional guidance, published in January 2019 by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, on 'the Administration of Medicines in Healthcare Settings'.

In addition the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer has published a strategy 'Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care' that makes reference to the use of people’s own medicines when they are inpatients to facilitate medicine compliance in hospitals. This practice supports the medicines reconciliation process and ensures medicine changes are shared with care providers.

Other initiatives, such as semi-automated medicines cabinets, are also beginning to be used in hospital wards and departments that enable timely access to medicines. These cabinets provide automatic ordering of required medication and allow keyless but secure access to stored medication through fingerprint identification, which also enables greater accountability and tracing of medication. We will continue to encourage hospitals to invest in these technologies.