P_CS_33 Policy for the Self Administration of Medicines by Patients in Community Hospitals

The purpose of this policy is to set out a generic framework for a co-ordinated approach in the utilisation of the Self Administration of Medicines (SAMs) within the Community Hospitals across LCHS NHS Trust.

Self-administration schemes have been shown to improve patients concordance with, and knowledge of, medication. They aim to preserve "independence and prepare patients for their return into the community.

Pharmacy in the Future" (DOH, Sept 2000) and "Modernising Medicines Management" (NPC, April 2002), encourage organisations to develop schemes, which support self-care, promote patient care through empowerment and increase patient understanding of their condition. This scheme meets all of these aspirations.

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