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Children's hospice nurse becomes independent prescriber


A nurse at a London children’s hospice has qualified as an independent prescriber, believed to be one of the first working in that setting to do so.

Richard House hospice in Newham, east London, said children’s prescriptions could be more easily corrected on their arrival as a result of the nurse prescriber.

The hospice said discussion with other providers and nurses suggested Stewart Bernie, previously a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, was one of the first hospice prescribers in the country.

He qualified as a prescriber at London Southbank University last month.

Mr Bernie said: “It will speed things up for children under our care that need prescribed medication.

“If the drugs the child arrives with at the hospice are incorrect, I will be able to prescribe new medication as well as painkillers and antibiotics. In the past, we’ve had to call a doctor in to carry out this role so it will be a huge boost to our team.”

Research published earlier this year found there are around 16,000 trained nurse independent prescribers in the UK, but the vast majority are based in hospitals and GP surgeries.


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  • good for you and well done !

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  • This is excellent news! This can save a lot of time and energy chasing prescriptions and spend more time with the children/young people.
    Well Done Stewart Bernie, you should be very proud!

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  • What a fabulous achievement and you will surely be leading the way for other hospice nurses. You are a modern day Florence Nightingale. Well done!

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