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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


NHSE Coronavirus Guidance for HCPs here.
NHSE Coronavirus Guidance for the public here.

NEW - June 2020 - BSW COVID nutrition prescribing guidance

NHSE COVID-19 SOP for Running a medicines re-use scheme in a care home or hospice setting. See p12 of SOP for summary flow chart.

NICE: COVID-19 Rapid Guidelines and Rapid Evidence Summaries

SPS: Summary of COVID-19 medicines guidance from professional and government bodies (requires log in, free for NHSemail)

SPS: Guidance on management of drugs requiring monitoring during Covid-19 (requires log in, free for NHSemail)

AWP Procedure for the care of patients taking clozapine in primary care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic

AWP MI bulletin - Lithium during COVID-19

BSW Use of SGLT2s in Diabetes during COVID-19

NHSE Acute use of NSAIDs in people with or at risk of COVID-19

BSW Community Pharmacy Emergency Drugs List & Contact Details

End Of Life Prescribing Guidance during COVID-19 outbreak Guidance agreed with BSW hospices (Dorothy House, Prospect and Salisbury) for those unable to take medicines via oral route.

COVID-19 BSW Meds Optimisation issues. Covers antibiotic use, COPD, asthma and oxygen.

Prescribing Guidelines 

Shared Care Guidance

BSW Management of infections in Primary Care
*Regularly updated - we suggest not printing*
Full Guideline
Quick Ref Guide adults Quick Ref Guide children

NEW BSW CCG Medicines Optimisation Website

NEW BSW Area Prescribing Committee & High Cost Drugs website
(content coming soon)

NEW AWP formulary and AWP prescribing guidance

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

July 2020 - MHRA guidance - Safe use of emollient skin creams for dry skin conditions (Clothing, bedding, dressings and bandages with skin cream dried on them can catch fire easily causing severe and fatal burns) Link includes information leaflets and toolkit for healthcare professionals.

June 2020 - NHS BSW CCG COVID-19: Advice for new and existing patients with osteoporosis being treated with zoledronic acid or denosumab

21 May 2020 - Updated MHRA guidance to support Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme during coronavirus pandemic here

May 2020 - Class 2 Medicines Recall: Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe
Please note this is a different alert to that issued on 04 March 2020 for Emerade 150 microgram auto-injectors and on 07 April 2020 for Emerade 300 microgram auto-injectors

11 May 2020 - BSW Beclometasone PMDIs Shortages Information

Updated 11 May 2020 - BSW advice on B12 replacement during Covid-19 pandemic

>>> more news

Website constantly under development. Report inaccuracies/feedback at

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.

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