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Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
 Formulary Chapter 21: Palliative Care Formulary - Full Chapter

APRIL 2020 BSW End of life COVID palliative care guidance EOL COVID prescription support v5 Note this contains options that may be suitable to use in EoL patients with swallowing difficulties and where syringe drivers may be unavailable.

NICE NG163 - COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community

The Wessex Palliative Care handbook contains guidance to help GPs, community nurses and hospital staff as well as specialist palliative care teams. It aims to provide a checklist for the management of common problems in palliative care, with some information on drug treatment. It is not a comprehensive textbook. The Palliative Care Handbook: A Good Practice Guide Wessex Palliative Physicians Ninth Edition 2019 

RUH - Palliative Care Guidance for GPs

For contact details of hospices and emergency drug lists and participating pharmacies across BSW, scroll to end of chapter or click here Community Pharmacy Emergency Drugs List & Contact Details

21.04  Expand sub section  Just In Case Prescribing by Secondary Care

‘Just in case’ (JIC) medication for patients transferring out of the RUH

The Specialist Palliative Care Team in the RUH are keen to improve the quality of transfer of patients who wish to die in their own home or nursing home.  Part of this is to ensure that patients have access to ‘just in case’ (JIC) medication if needed soon after leaving hospital.   There are clear procedures in place in the community for this, but it is best practice for the staff most recently involved in the care to take responsibility for ensuring the following is in place:

  • The patient wishes to be at home
  • It is anticipated that they may deteriorate quickly and do not already have JIC medication in their home or nursing home
  • Medication supplied in a pack with syringes and needles and a prescription / administration form signed by the hospital doctor that is valid for up to 7 days for community staff – this will allow medication to be given if needed prior to the community procedure being put in place
  • Morphine supplied for JIC and in syringe driver if in place on transfer

For patients who are transferring home for care towards the end of life, but are not anticipated to deteriorate quickly, it is suggested that the community follow their own procedure for JIC medication.  If anyone has any concerns, wants further information or wishes to provide feedback please contact: RUH Specialist Palliative Care Team, 01225 825567. For documents relating specifically to RUH Just In Case follow link

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Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
Unlicensed Drug
Track Changes
Display tracking information
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Link to adult BNF
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Link to SPCs
Scottish Medicines Consortium
Cytotoxic Drug
Cytotoxic Drug
Controlled Drug
High Cost Medicine
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
Cancer Drugs Fund
NHS England
High Cost Drug Approval System

Traffic Light Status Information

Status Description

Traffic LightRed

RED - Hospital only to be prescribed by a specialist and supplied from secondary care ONLY throughout treatment.  

Traffic LightAmber

Amber medicines are considered suitable for GP prescribing following specialist initiation or recommendation.  

Traffic LightAmber with Shared Care

Shared Care - these medicines require specialist initiation and stabilisation. Ongoing division of responsibility for drug and disease monitoring between specialist and GP by a Shared Care Guideline (SCG). If no SCG in place status reverts to red.  

Traffic LightGreen

These medicines are appropriate for initiation in both primary and secondary care. Prescribing is appropriate within licensed or local recommendations.  

Traffic LightSelf

Suitable for patient to be directed to buy themselves  

Traffic LightGrey

Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where a decision to use this medicine is under review.   

Traffic LightBlack

(In use from Oct 2020) Used where a decision has been made by the BSW APC not to routinely commission this preparation for its licensed indications. Do not prescribe.   

Traffic LightRed Specialist Centre

Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where this medicine and indication is ONLY available through a Specialist Centre according to a NICE Highly Specialised Technology or NHSE Specialised Commission Circular / Policy.