Medicines Review 2017-18
A Quick Reference Guide


Prescription for Excellence (PfE) sets out a vision for the delivery of pharmaceutical care. A key part of the action plan is that people accessing pharmacy services should expect regular reviews of their medicines. This is achieved through a Medicines Review. NHS Borders funded the introduction of this service in 2016 and will continue to fund during 2017 -2018.

Who should be offered a Review?

Patients on 4 or more medicines and in one of 2 priority groups.  These are

Why these patients?

Priority group 1: To raise awareness of potential harms if patients continue to take cetain widely prescribed medicines whilst suffering from a dehydrating illness.

Priority group 2: To support pain self management focusing on education, information provision and signposting to the Pain Association Scotland.

Priority Group 1 - "Sick Day Rules"

Priority Group 2 - Chronic Pain

Medicine Review Form Medicine Review Form
Supporting Documentation Supporting Documentation
  Useful links

What is my role as a community pharmacist?

You will:

  • Identify priority patients 
  • Provide support, information and advice relevant to the priority group
  • Discuss medicine use in general with the patient and identify any additional pharmaceutical care issues (see the pharmaceutical services description for further details)
  • Provide follow-up on issues raised during reviews where appropriate

What training will I need to complete?

Pharmacists will be expected to read and understand supporting documentation and attend an evening training session that will be provided by NHS Borders. Attendance at training evening for the second priority group is part of the ongoing accreditation process.  You will also need to follow and comply with principles of service delivery outlined by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and General Pharmaceutical Council**

Do I need a consultation area?

Yes. Please see the pharmaceutical services description for specific requirements.

How will I be supported?

Peer review is part of the ongoing support and monitoring of service.  Please see the Hints and Tips produced following peer review visits last year.

Contact details

Dawn MacBrayne: Tel: 01896 827712 Mobile: 07747 757385

Adrian Mackenzie: Tel: 01896 827703 Mobile: 07787 307183

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Prescription for Excellence, September 2013, Scottish Government

**Using standards and guidance to ensure patient centred professionalism in the delivery of care , RPS and GPC, July 2014