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Care home pharmacists to help cut needless hospital stays for older patients

 

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Care home pharmacists to help cut needless hospital stays for older patients

NHS England has announced plans to recruit and deploy hundreds of pharmacists into care homes to help reduce overmedication and cut unnecessary hospital stays.

Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential homes will have their prescriptions and medicines reviewed by the new pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Elderly care home residents often have one or more long-term health conditions, such as dementia, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, and on average are being prescribed seven medicines daily, but it can be more, with around 10% of people aged 75 and over currently being prescribed 10 or more medicines. More....