Prescribing project for Older People gets off the ground

Cheltenham Locality are undertaking an in depth review of medicines prescribed for patients over the age of 85 years, who live independently and are prescribed 10 or more drugs.

These patients are at increased risk of side effects and falls which can potentially lead to A&E admissions.

This 3 month pilot is being conducted by support pharmacists in 4 GP practices using evidence based guidelines.

Once the results of the pilot have been evaluated the Locality will decide if the project should be expanded to cover more GP practices and patients.

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