Services Database Transfer of Care Scheme – Hospital E-Referral Initiative

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The ‘Transfer of care’ scheme, a joint project between Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North of Tyne local pharmaceutical committee (LPC), was initially launched in two hospitals and 211 local pharmacies in the area in July 2014.

Due to the success of the scheme, the system has recently been extended to nearby Teesside through the University Hospital of North Tees and local pharmacies and being rolled in the North East and Cumbria.

Hospital pharmacists use PharmOutcomes to refer discharged patients to a local community pharmacy. Patient information — including date of birth, postcode, NHS number, GP details and the discharge medicines list — is sent electronically.

A member of the pharmacy team then contacts a patient within three days to arrange a Medicines Use Review or New Medicine Service consultation at the pharmacy.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has published an article about this scheme 'Hospital e-referral initiative boosts post-discharge MURs in community pharmacies'.

This is not a commissioned service.

Location of service

North of Tyne LPC


Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Service type

Discharge support & reablement

Other organisations involved


Start date: 01/07/2014
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