Category Archives: North Tyneside


Controlled Drugs: Learning from Incidents October 2015

NECS supports the NHS England Area Team Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer in ensuring the safe management and use of controlled drugs within the North East & Cumbria region.  Based on the commonly reported incidents and the lessons learned, we aim to share good practice across the region.

Included in this newsletter:

  • Prescription security
    • Security issues for prescribers
    • Security issues for practices
    • What do the prescription codes mean?
  • Forged prescriptions: community pharmacies
    • What to do if you come across a forged prescription

Medicine Matters September/ October 2015: medicines information for healthcare staff in a social setting

Medicine Matters is a newsletter produced by the NECS North of Tyne Care Home Team providing medicines information for care staff in a social setting on behalf of CCGs across Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Included in this issue:

  • Fridge Storage
    • Fridge requirements and daily temperature recording
    • What to do when the fridge temperature is out of range
  • Lessons Learnt
    • Highlighting medication errors that have occurred in care homes
  • The Care Act 2014
  • Administration Dilemmas
    • Crushing tablets or opening capsules
    • Before food or on an empty stomach
    • Take with or after food
    • Alcohol

Click here to read the newsletter.

North of Tyne APC Update October 2015

Recent decisions – Latest Decisions | North Of Tyne Area Prescribing Committee Methenamine hippurate has been requested as a second line agent for the prophylaxis of UTIs in patients who have failed long term prophylaxis with antibiotics, have contraindications to antibiotics, and who have breakthrough infections with resistant organisms. This is on the grounds that as a non-antibiotic Continue Reading »