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Introduction

A brief introduction to getting started.

Scope of this Implementation Guidance

This guidance for the population of a MedicationRequest resource for the use cases of;

  • Inpatients
    • Inpatient medication requests, for a named patient, to be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and intended for administration on a hospital ward
    • Medication requests, for a named patient who is on short-term leave from an inpatient stay (but is not discharged), to be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and intended for administration at home
    • Discharge medications requests, for a named patient, to be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and issued on discharge for administration at home
  • Outpatients
    • Outpatient medication requests, for a named patient, to be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and intended for administration in the Outpatients department, Accident and Emergency department, or Day unit
    • Outpatient medication requests, for a named patient, to be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy for administration at home.

Out of Scope for this Version

At this time, this guidance is not applicable for the following uses cases;

  • Orders for the supply of ward stock medications
  • Primary care medication requests to community pharmacy (aka an FP10)
  • Medication requests to a Homecare medicines provider from a Trust
  • Outpatient medication requests to be dispensed by a community pharmacy (aka an FP10HNC)
  • Medication requests between two Trusts where there is a local shortage of supply.

Alignment with Standards

This guidance is aligned to the following FHIR standards;

This guidance is being incorporated into the on-going work to define a UK-specific implementation of the R4 standard known as R4 UK Core.

Glossary of Terms

Refer to the NHS Digital Glossary of Developer Terms.


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