Care homes

Re-use of medicines – 12 May 2020

The DHSC and NHSE&I issued new guidance on the reuse of medicines in a care home or hospice during the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS Leeds CCG has developed an amended Medicines Re-use Pathway (flowchart) and Frequently Asked Questions document to support care homes/hospices implement a medicines reuse scheme.

Please note: Whilst the scheme permits the re-use of medicines in certain circumstances, care homes and hospices should continue to seek pharmacy supplied medication, individually labelled for the patient as per the prescriber’s instructions as the preferred option where possible. The following guidance is only for use during the covid-19 pandemic and may be reviewed regularly.

OPUS have designed a resource pack to support care homes and hospices including risk assessment templates, letters and logs.

For further support please email:

Medicines optimisation resources for care homes – 29 April 2020

We’ve pulled together a list of resources and a policy template is aimed at providers of Adult Social Care within a care home or Community Care Bed (CCB) setting. Please download the documents below. All information correct on 29 April 2020.

Telemedicine scheme in care homes – 29 April 2020

The telemedicine scheme in care homes has been extended to an additional 30 older people’s care homes to provide a proactive admission avoidance service to your registered patients. The service will be available 24/7 and will start at the end of April 2020 for six months. This has also been made available to the existing care homes in the scheme.