Hackney pharmacies join new end-of-life scheme
Ten Hackney pharmacies have joined a new scheme to improve access to medication for local patients reaching the end of their life.
Participating pharmacies (see list here) stock an agreed range of medicines used at the end of life and the pharmacists have undergone extra training in palliative care.
Patients can be directed to participating Hackney pharmacies if their local pharmacy does not stock the medicines needed and are part of an out-of-hours rota ensuring 24/7 access to these medicines.
Details of how to access the on-call pharmacist are held by the Hackney's GP out-of-hours service CHUHSE, the Homerton community nursing team and St Joseph’s Hospice.
A courier service is also available to support access to these medicines available via any of the ten pharmacies for use in exceptional circumstances when:
- No appropriate carers are available to collect the prescription/medicines
- The patient lives more than 1.5 miles from one of the end of life care network pharmacies and the patient is not on a public transport route
- The patient is expected to die within the next few days and carers want to spend this time with the patient and not spend valuable last hours travelling to and from pharmacies
- There is an urgent need for the medicines either for patient clinical need or to fit in with limited staff availability e.g. community nurses will be attending at a set time to set up a syringe driver
The service is not intended to replace normal 'anticipatory' prescribing but will provide a safety net.
Further information (including pharmacies involved in the scheme, opening hours and medicines included) is available here.