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Practices failing to record discharge drugs

Over half of practices do not systematically record the information on medications included from secondary care discharge letters, say researchers.

The audit of 73 practices near Portsmouth, showed only half had agreed a method of centrally recording the drugs patients were out on by rheumatologists in hospital. Only a fifth recorded those medications on the repeat prescription list so potential drug interactions could be identified.

Dr Richard Hull, consultant rheumatologist at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, said this posed a great risk for patients.

‘If Mrs Bloggs comes in with a sore throat and bronchitis, the GP – unless they are aware the patient is under rheumatology – is going to just say it a simple chest infection and not realise they are on an anti-TNF,' he said.

This research was presented at the British Society of Rheumatology meeting in Liverpool this week.

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