April 2013

Borrowing Medicines

There have been instances where GatDoc doctors have been asking Walk-in Centre staff to supply medicines which are not kept in the GatDoc drug cupboard. This puts the Walk-in Centre staff in a difficult position because they should not be doing this. If you feel a patient needs a medication which is not in the GatDoc cupboard, please supply them with a green script for the medication.
The medications in the GatDoc cupboard are stocked in line with national and local guidelines. If you feel that a particular medication should be kept in the cupboard, please let me know and I will review the request with the pharmacists.

111 calls from Yorkshire

Many of you will have noticed 111 calls coming through from Yorkshire. These calls are not generated by the 111 service in Newcastle and cannot be modified by them, they are sent through from Wakefield and I am afraid they are but another example of the 111 problems we have all been experiencing. The number to deal with these calls can be found in Useful Telephone Numbers at NHS 111 (Wakefield)