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patient group directions

A UK term for blanket-written instructions for the supply and/or administration of medicines given to a group of patients who may not be individually identified before presenting for treatment.
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in accordance with a patient group direction (pgd) this agreement will commence on 1 september 2017 and run until 31 august 2018.
The flu jab is the first Patient Group Direction service to be rolled out by Boots Ireland and others will follow in the months ahead.
Under the Patient Group Direction Protocol, nurses can only carry out such procedures if given a set of written instructions by the GP.
Midwives can only supply and administer medicines without the need of a prescription within their professional role, when there is a Midwives Exemption (ME) or Patient Group Direction (PGD).
The Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs Charlotte McArdle said: "Despite the legislation, there has been confusion around midwives responsibilities in relation to the supply and administration of medicines, in particular around Midwives Exemptions, Patient Group Directions and relevant statutory legislation.
Under Patient Group Directions, they will be able to supply or administer morphine and diamorphine for urgent treatment of very ill or critically injured patients.
The move requires a senior clinician at strategic health authorities (SHAs) to issue instructions called patient group directions (PGDs) to pharmacists.
An extensive review found Patient Group Directions, paperwork that allows paramedics to give certain drugs and informs them of new practises, was not up to date leading to the six drugs being withdrawn to protect staff and patients.
Paperwork relating to their use, known as Patient Group Directions, had not been updated so these are being revised and staff will require extra training before they can be reinstated.
FPS will prescribe and oversee the dispensing and administration of medication to those in custody including input to, awareness and support of the use and development of Nurse Prescribing and Patient Group Directions within the Police Custody Healthcare Service.

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