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Housekeeping protocols

Attached to the right are a series of Housekeeping Protocols that have been developed for use by appropriately qualified members of GP practice teams.

Good housekeeping of repeat prescription screens can prevent prescriptions being issued and dispensed when the medication is no longer clinically appropriate or at an unnecessary frequency; eg good practice information published by NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) recommends that compression hosiery only needs to be replaced three to six monthly unless damaged.

Large volumes of unused medicines in a patient's home could create confusion for a patient about their medication regime, or could put a child at risk if the extra medication is not stored safety.  Unused medicines once dispensed can not be reused and are a waste of valuable NHS resource which could be used to fund essential treatments or services.