People at home usually administer medication to themselves. With appropriate checks and controls, it is logical for some hospital inpatients to have custody of, and administer their own medicines. Self-administration encourages patients to take responsibility for their medication, thereby improving concordance on discharge and reducing wastage.

A scheme will be implemented where patients are assessed for their ability to manage their medication. A programme of supervision and education can then be assigned to them, to prepare them for the home situation.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Pharmacy Department
Ratified by: Drugs and Therapeutics Committee
Date Ratified: November 2022
Date Issued: November 2022
Review Date: November 2023
Target Audience:  
Contact name: Lisa Jackson