Bringing community pharmacy and hospital colleagues together to reduce medication errors and re-admission rates.

Bringing community pharmacy and hospital colleagues together to reduce medication errors and re-admission rates.

March 13, 2019

More than 70 pharmacy colleagues attended the launch of Transfer of Care Around Medicines (TCAM) in Eastbourne on 12 March.

TCAM is an integrated, electronic system which aims to keep patients safe when they transfer between care providers. Sub-optimal transfer of pharmaceutical care is a common occurrence when patients move between providers, largely due to communication delays.  TCAM enables hospital pharmacy teams to electronically send patient medication discharge details directly to community pharmacies.

Speaking at the launch, James Wood, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex said: “This project brings together the whole pharmacy workforce. When you bring community pharmacy and hospital colleagues together the results are powerful. TCAM has many benefits, including improving the safety of dispensing and being able to positively challenge prescribing.”

Added Simon Badcott, Chief Pharmacist for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Our key priorities are reducing medication errors and re-admission rates. We’re well aware that inaccurate information leads to errors.”

TCAM is currently being piloted within 10 community pharmacies and will go live across East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust next month.


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