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.