A pilot project at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is investigating the impact of introducing pharmacist support for discharge prescription writing on the discharge process. In this study, the discharge pharmacist writes up medicines for the discharge letter (TTO) which are then clinically screened by a second pharmacist. The clinical narrative is still completed by a doctor.
This project commenced in 2014 and ended in 2015.
The aims of this project were to:
Baseline data was collected prior to the implementation of the project on 54 TTOs written over a week in March 2015. Data collected included the following: the timings of the TTO process, when the patient was declared MRFD and when the patient was discharged, the number of errors found on the TTO when screening, the time spent correcting the errors and the quality score of the TTO. This data was also collected for the pilot project. Data on errors and the quality score was collected by the pharmacist screening the TTO (separate to the researcher).
Megan Hockly, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust