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GP doctor applying wound dressing

Making better use of prescribed wound-care products

As far back as 1986, the Cumberlege Report Neighbourhood Nursing: A Focus for Care (DHSS, 1986) identified that very complicated arrangements for prescribing had arisen in the community. It was apparent that nurses were wasting considerable amounts of time requesting prescriptions from the GP for items such as wound dressings. The report suggested that allowing nurses to prescribe could rectify some of these problems. Today many community nurses are prescribing from a limited formulary. ...

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