Great Western Hospital’s pharmacy department has launched a Green Bag initiative for patients to keep their medication with them at all times should they come into hospital.
The bag is a simple but effective way to improve patient safety as it provides doctors with more complete information about the medication patients are on when they are admitted which reduces the risk of delays in patients receiving the correct medication they need.
It will also help deliver considerable savings by reducing the need for the pharmacy team to have to re-supply medicines a patient already has at home.
Launching the scheme, lead pharmacist Denise Reeves told Marlborough News Online: “This is a very simple idea and in the future any patient being admitted to the Great Western Hospital will be given a green pharmacy bag to keep their medicines with them throughout their stay. ”
“A pharmacist will check the drugs on admission and then again on discharge to make sure the patient has everything they need.”