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Carbon Copies

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will issue guidance on the use of handwritten self-carbon copying forms for listing medication by name and dose in order to ensure legible prints are copied to (a) general practitioners, (b) patients and (c) other institutions; and if she will make a statement. (93375)

“A Vision for Pharmacy in the New NHS”, published in July 2003, advocated the strengthening of communication about patients’ medicines between hospitals, community pharmacists and general practitioners. The national health service national prescribing centre (NPC), as part of the sharing of best practice through the medicines management collaborative, has developed guidance concerning the timely and accurate sharing of information about patients’ medicines when patients are transferred between care settings. The guidance is available on the NPC website The method by which information is transferred is a matter for local decision. Trust chief pharmacists, primary care trusts, general practitioners and community pharmacists should work closely together in developing systems which best suit the needs of their local health communities.