SPS Patient Group Direction use in virtual ward services

24 April, 2023

The Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) has published a new resource in March 2023 which outlines considerations required before implementing Patient Group Direction (PGDs) in virtual ward services.

The advice covers defining virtual wards, national guidance, and discusses considerations including:

  • prescriber availability
  • legislation
  • service design
  • Remote consultations
  • Antimicrobials
  • Delegation
  • Care homes
  • End of life care
  • Labelling of supplied medicines
  • Transport of medicines

For more information, please see the SPS website.

Ashtons can also help develop, authorise and review PGDs, just speak to your Visiting Pharmacist for information about this service.