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NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Welcome to the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Joint Formulary
For use by primary, secondary & community care prescribers within BaNES, Swindon & Wiltshire
See about page for information relating to the three formularies which have merged to make this
new BSW joint formulary and for traffic light definitions.

To use this formulary, search by medicine name, condition [use search box below] or BNF chapter/subsection [use chapter tab]. For further information see QRG - how to use BSW formulary website and QRG - how to use BSW formulary App

Useful Links


Prescribing Guidelines 

Shared Care Agreements

BSW Management of Infections in Primary Care
Full Guideline
Quick Ref Guide adults 
Quick Ref Guide children

BSW CCG Medicines Optimisation Website

BSW Area Prescribing Committee & High Cost Drugs website

AWP formulary and AWP prescribing guidance
COVID - NHSE Covid Guidance for HCPs COVID - BSWCCG MMT Covid Guidance for HCPs  COVID - Local BSWCCG guidance for members of the public 
BSW formulary
Palliative Care Chapter 
 End Of Life Prescribing Guidance during COVID-19 outbreak  BSW Community Pharmacy Emergency Drugs List & Contact Details

BSW Continence and Stoma Information

BSW Wound Care and Dressings Information

NEW BSW Primary Care
Prescribe Well Spend Less

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust intranet link

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust intranet link

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust intranet link


News Feed

Oct 2020 - MHRA Guidance: Warfarin and other anticoagulants – monitoring of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Oct 2020 - Priadel (lithium) updateEssential Pharma has reversed its decision to discontinue Priadel 200mg and 400mg tablets from the UK market whilst facilitating pricing discussions. There is no longer a need to implement system wide switching of patients until further notice. 

Sep 2020 - MHRA DSU - Insulins (all types): risk of cutaneous amyloidosis at injection site. Remind patients to rotate injection sites within the same body region.

August 2020 NPSA Alert: Steroid Emergency Cards Full alert here along with actions for primary and acute care, and community pharmacy. To summarise:

  • Prescribers are asked when initiating a new steroid prescription, or undertaking standard/scheduled reviews of patients prescribed corticosteroids, to assess and issue the patient with a Steroid Emergency Card if appropriate. Practices should add ‘Steroid treatment card issued’ SNOMED code to patient’s record to help with audit.
  • Further information on adrenal crisis is available from Society of Endocrinology. Cards can be ordered from the PCSE and Xerox portals, or a PDF copy is available here.
  • Community and hospital pharmacies should ensure they can source and supply cards to replace those lost by patients or which become damaged.

August 2020 - BSW Ranitidine Supply Disruption Guidance

Aug 2020 - UPDATED SCA: LMWH For the treatment of cancer associated thrombosis RUH PATIENTS ONLY

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A number of ‘differences’ in formulary options, traffic light statuses, prescribing guidelines and shared care protocols have yet to be agreed across BSW. Please bear with us as we work to review these and please follow the guidance for your locality.

The formulary is intended to be used when prescribing for adolescents and adults. 

All material on this website is aimed at healthcare professionals working in BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire, but is information currently held within the public domain.

Members of the public seeking advice on medicine-related matters are encouraged to speak with their GP, pharmacist or nurse, or out of hours contact the NHS 111 service by telephoning 111.

   Last updated: 23/10/2020 10:27:07..
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