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Anticipatory prescribing refers to charts and, where appropriate, medications that are left in a person’s usual place of residence for use by visiting clinicians should problems arise with uncontrolled symptoms.
- Patients are most vulnerable to these in the last days of life and when they are no longer able to swallow
- The common ones are pain, nausea and vomiting, distress and agitation and respiratory secretions
- The guidance below covers these.
There has been controversy over the best practice for clinicians to adopt following the widely publicised Gosport Enquiry.
- General, national guidance and policies are currently under development and several members of the clinical team at St Christopher’s are closely involved with this work
- Our current guidance reflects the developing thinking, is subject to regular review and scrutiny and will be modified as further evidence emerges around the best and safest practice to adopt
- Our 24 hour specialist advice and support is there to back up this general guidance to ensure, as far as possible, that clinical decisions are individualised and safe.
DownloadsAnticipatory Prescribing Guidance for Frail Elderly Patients (PDF) Anticipatory Prescribing Guidance for Adults (PDF) Pan London Symptom Control Medication Authorisation and Administration Record (MAAR) (PDF)
When a patient is nearing the end of their life, health care professionals should be aware of those who have internal cardiac defibrillators and should be considering deactivation in a timely manner to prevent inappropriate shocks at the end of someone’s life, which are painful and distressing for the individual and those close to them.
Palliative care can help with starting these conversations and coordinating the process. If someone is too unwell to attend the hospital for formal deactivation we have magnets available to take out for those who are dying and have an active device.
If you have a patient with an active internal defibrillator ( either an ICD or a CRT-D) in situ and you are concerned they are approaching end of life- please consider referring to palliative care for support with conversations around deactivation. If the patient has a Bromley or Croydon GP please consider referral to the Palliative heart failure service at St Christopher’s. Please see the guidance that we follow and if you have questions or are unsure whether to refer someone please call the hospice for advice.Guidelines for deactivating implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in people nearing the end of their life
From St Christopher’s HospiceGuidelines On The Management Of Delirium In Palliative Care Settings (PDF)
GPs in Bromley can refer into the monthly palliative heart failure MDM if they’re uncertain about a patient’s diagnosis and whether there is a need for sub cut furosemide to help direct correct treatment.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and the referral will get processed by the MDT co-ordinator for discussion.