Medicines Kept in the Practice

Practice Leads

  • Doctors: Sudhir Krishnan
  • Nurse: Zoe Booth

Date Reviewed

11 Aug 2016

Date of Next Review

September 2017


  • Practice will have a system to stock and replace medicines, lead nurse (currently Zoe Booth) will name a nurse /HCA to monitor stock level and to check expiry date(Currently checked every two weeks).However the responsibility is still with the individual doctor to ensure the drugs are all in date prior to using them.
  • It is the responsibility of all clinical staff to be familiar with the medicines kept at the surgery including the indication, and dosage.
  • If doctors are using medicines for procedures like minor surgery, joint injections etc. it’s their duty to inform the lead nurse of the medicines they need, not only to do the procedure safely but also to deal with potential complications.



What we keep in the practice and Why?

The following were considered in deciding what medicines are kept at the Practice;

  • Vaccinations, emergency medicines and medicines which are used in procedures or services provided/offered by the practice (e.g. joint injection and contraception)
  • The medicines which doctors and nurses are confident in using
  • The storage requirement like room temperature
  • Security, we decided not to keep morphine as special requirement for storage
  • Shelf life
  • Proximity of local hospital to catchment area of Ashcroft surgery
  • The extent of ambulance and paramedics cover
  • Availability of pharmacies in the locality ( there is a pharmacy few steps away from the practice building)
  • Review of neighbouring practices protocol
  • Discussion with community pharmacist
  • Review guidelines from GMC good medical practice, BMA website, CQC guidance about emergency medicines, drugs and therapeutic bulletin 2005