Medicines Management

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Joint Formulary


The Joint Formulary has been developed with collaboration between Guildford and Waverley CCG and the Royal Surrey County Hospital for use by healthcare professionals. The formulary aims to help promote safe, effective, and economic prescribing in primary and secondary care, across the local health economy, and to provide guidance on locally recommended drug decisions.


Role of Medicines Management


The use of medicines is the most common therapeutic intervention. It is estimated that that 15-20% of a CCGs money is spent on medicines. Medicines Management is simply looking at all aspects of the safe supply, use and disposal of medicines.

Effective Medicines Management will help contribute towards:

  • Improving Health
  • Improving Patient Care & Satisfaction
  • Reducing Medication Wastage

Prescribing is a key component of Medicines Management. Doctors or other healthcare staff accredited as prescribers can prescribe medicines for patients under their care using a written order or prescription. Whilst prescribers can prescribe whatever they think is appropriate for the patient, they are expected to take into account the evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of the medicines they prescribe.


Ask Your Pharmacist

Pharmacists across Guildford and Waverley provide a range of services.

96% of people can get to a pharmacy within 20 minutes by walking or using public transport.

Community pharmacists provide rapid access, without appointment, to a healthcare professional and now offer a range of clinical and public health services.

Ask Your Pharmacist, it may save you making an unnecessary trip to your GP or A&E.


Out-of-hours Pharmacy Urgent Repeat Medicines Service provides access to urgent repeat medication

The Pharmacy Urgent Repeat Medicines Service is available to patients registered with a GP Practice in Guildford & Waverley who require urgent repeat medication(s) on a Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday and Public Holidays when access to their usual GP is not possible because they are closed. However it must be stressed that this service should not replace the usual routine procedure for requesting repeat prescriptions.

This service has been available since August 2016.

To use the service, call the NHS 111 service to be referred directly to a participating community Pharmacy who will provide a NHS funded emergency supply of repeat medication, dependant on their assessment of the patient.

To avoid running out of medication you should:

  • Use the usual route for accessing prescriptions for regular repeat medication via their own GP practice
  • Allow adequate time for their GP to complete the repeat prescription request (usually 2 working days)
  • Check their supply of medication if they are planning to go away
  • Arrange collection of prescriptions from GP Practices by local Pharmacies – which will be open on a Saturday.


Branded verses Generic prescribing of medicines

GP practices in Guildford and Waverley are encouraged to prescribe medicines by their generic rather than brand name.

  • What is a generic medicine?
  • What is a branded medicine?
  • Why is generic prescribing being promoted?
  • Are there any differences between a branded medicine and an equivalent generic medicine?
  • Is a change to a generic medicine alternative always possible?
  • What if I still want to be prescribed a branded medicine?

Download the Changing from branded to generic medicines for the answers [pdf, 100kb]


Help with Health Costs

You can find more information on prescription charges, prescription exemptions and health costs by clicking on the link below. Please discuss the prepayment certificate with your pharmacist if you pay for your prescriptions and have to have regular prescriptions since you may be able to save money.

  • Help with Health Costs - NHS Choices site with information on help with health costs including prescription prepayment certificates


Guildford & Waverley Medicines Management Team

The Guildford & Waverley Medicines Management team are available to support GP practices, care homes and community pharmacies and help offer the following services:

  • Visit GP practice to carry out medication reviews for patients
  • Visit care homes to discuss patients medication
  • Carry out medication training within care homes
  • Discuss medication ordering process
  • Support GPs and offer advice and guidance over prescribing related issues

The Medicines Management team ensure Guildford & Waverley doctors prescribe high quality medicine at a cost effective price. This is because the situation is constantly changing. New medicines are being developed all the time, new research is being published on existing drugs, and older drugs are coming off patent. The quality and cost of the drugs available has to be constantly monitored and doctors and patients need to be told about changes. The Prescribing Advisory Database (PAD) keeps GPs informed of these changes and decisions.

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Page updated:5 December 2018
Next review due:3 June 2019
Model Publication Scheme:Class 9: The services we commission
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