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New pharmacy referral service to help patients avoid hospital readmission

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New pharmacy referral service to help patients avoid hospital readmission

Patients who have recently been discharged from hospital will get greater support from local pharmacy teams to manage their medicines. From July, hospitals will be able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines to their community pharmacy.

The NHS discharge medicines service will help patients get the maximum benefits from new medicines they’ve been prescribed by giving them the opportunity to ask questions to pharmacists and ensuring any concerns are identified as early as possible. This is part of the “pharmacy first” scheme to ease wider pressures on A&Es and general practice.