Since 2000 the Prescribing Support Team has been involved in the production of prescribing guidelines and policies. A range of local guidelines, influenced by local specialist advice, has been developed in response to release of national guidelines e.g. SIGN and local need. They are designed to help practitioners assimilate, evaluate and implement the evidence and opinion on best current practice in each clinical area.
Clinical guidelines are intended as a guide to good practice and are most effective where there is evidence of variation in practice, which affects patient outcomes. The main aim of guidelines is to assist doctors and other health professionals in making decisions about appropriate clinical and cost effective care for their patients. Listed below is the list of locally based guidelines and the date they were produced plus review date.
The site has been created to act as a central resource for all local drug advice as approved by Dumfries & Galloway Health Boards' Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee.
The ready access to prescribing information will support the safe and cost effective use of drugs in Dumfries & Galloway.
At present we spend £49million on drugs annually; it is therefore imperative that we maximise the health benefits from this investment for the people of Dumfries & Galloway through the use of evidence based medicine.