The NHS Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) launched yesterday (Monday 15 February) and is available in all community pharmacies in England. The service has been established to ensure better communication of changes to a patient’s medication following discharge, with NHS trusts referring appropriate patients. Through community pharmacy checking and discussing medicines with patients, it will improve outcomes, prevent harm and reduce readmissions.
Resources for the DMS are on the NHS England website. This includes guidance, a cross-sector toolkit and training and assessment materials to support clinical teams across community pharmacies, PCNs and hospitals to deliver the service.
Pharmacy contractors must be ready to receive referrals and provide the service. PCN pharmacy teams should ensure that the DMS is included in 2021 medicines optimisation and safety plans.