Prescribers no longer need to handwrite scripts in NSW aged care facilities, with Webstercare order sheets approved by Ministry of Health
Changes to prescribing and dispensing of medications in NSW residential aged care facilities have been approved, according to a notification from the NSW Ministry of Health sent to Gerard Stevens AM, Managing Director of Webstercare.
These changes mean doctors attending these facilities are no longer required to handwrite medication orders. Prescribers can now simply sign and date a printed Webstercare RxMedChart Order Sheet.
Eliminating the requirement for handwritten medication orders will have a significant impact on doctors attending NSW residential aged care facilities, with an estimated 60% less time needing to be spent on administration duties, freeing up more time for patient care, says Webstercare.
Switching to this more automated system will also improve the accuracy of medication dispensing.
“With the changes announced by the NSW Ministry of Health, the RxMedChart System will further help reduce the administrative workload of doctors working in aged care facilities,” says Mr Stevens, “freeing up more time for them to spend with patients.”
“This decision means that the RxMedChart system can be used by the pharmacy, doctors and facility staff in the way it was originally designed,” says Danielle Martusciello, Pharmacy Manager – Metropolitan Pharmacy Services, NSW.
“The changes to the residents’ charts are much clearer and the administrative work for doctors and pharmacy staff is greatly reduced.”
Previously, prescribing doctors were required to handwrite each individual prescribed medication, the dosage, how it was to be administered, frequency and directions for use, and then sign and date the form.
With these changes, all medication information will be printed on the RxMedChart Order Form, and the prescribing doctor only needs to handwrite their signature and the date.
NSW GP Peter Piazza is enthusiastic about the new system approval.
“This is fantastic news! It’s great to hear that with this new approval we (the doctors) won’t ‘spoil the chart’ by writing on it and obscuring what detailed information is there already,” says Dr Piazza.