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Coronavirus contingency: Safe administration of medicines from original packs - advice for care homes

There is increasing pressure on community pharmacies as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly likely that care homes who have still been receiving their residents’ medication in Monitored Dose Systems (MDS) will, in the very near future, receive medication in original packs (fully labelled for the individual residents). The links below can be used to help care homes who are new to this way of giving medicines (one refers to domiciliary care, but the relevant principles are the same).

If you have any concerns, please contact the Care Home Pharmacy Team via email bwccg.medicines@nhs.net or on the following mobile numbers: 07766 423 587 or 07798 696 042 for advice.

A wide range of resources are available to support the safe quality care given by your teams to residents.

Useful videos: 

These are all available on the BHFT website here, or individually via these links:

Importance of Hydration - a series of 6 short (2 minute) videos on YouTube for care staff to watch to improve their knowledge around the importance of good hydration and how making small changes can reduce Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), hospital admissions and improve quality of care for residents in care homes.