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Pharmacists should lead on the provision of pharmaceutical care in care homes, a recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society report has said.

The report, titled Putting residents at the centre of pharmacy care home services, is setting out a vision for improving the care of residents in Scotland’s care homes.

It calls for recognition that pharmaceutical care in care homes is a specialist area. The report highlights the need for regular medication reviews and equity of access to community pharmacy NHS pharmaceutical care services.

It also recommends dedicated time for pharmacists and their teams in care homes to ensure safe and efficient medicine management systems.

Aileen Bryson, Deputy Director at RPS in Scotland observed that care home residents often have several long-term conditions and take on average 7.2 medicines.

“Funding must be made available to provide residents with the highest standards of pharmaceutical care, led by pharmacists working with a multi-disciplinary team,” she said.

Irene Oldfather, Director of Strategy and Engagement at the ALLIANCE endorsed the RPS report and said that it makes many interesting and incredible necessary recommendations.

“Regular medication reviews, taking into account the views of residents, their families and their carers will give people a far greater say in their care,” she commented. “And establishing one pharmacist as a first point of contact for all medication queries will also allow people to develop a relationship with those who deliver their care.”

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