I have been prescribed antibiotics by a nurse in a Minor Injuries Unit and had no qualms about receiving a prescription from a nurse. She seemed to know exactly what she was doing, knew what to prescribe for someone allergic to penicillin and gave clear instructions regarding the dosage etc.
I can see no reason why a nurse should not be qualified to prescribe some drugs. They have to pass a course so the comment about nurses studying pharmacology in more detail at university doesn't really apply. I wouldn't want to be prescribed drugs by a recently-qualified nurse, anyway!
Is this the smallest NHS Trust in England? Or is it that, being very precise, it is actually the smallest NHS Trust in England but not as small as the smallest NHS Foundation Trust?
I'm glad someone is speaking out against the general prescribing of statins. I believe that the adverse side effects are underreported simply because the majority of those who currently take statins are elderly. Side effects such as fatigue, erectile dysfunction, diabetes and psychiatric symptoms are easily attributed to the advanced age of the patient being treated. I was put on statins by my GP and suffered extreme fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, and symptoms of depression. Fortunately, (possibly because I am younger) the GP I spoke to took me seriously and took me off statins. Whether the adverse side effects were reported, I don't know.
Would it not be preferable to check people's cholesterol levels, blood pressure, etc on a regular basis rather than medicating them just in case?
Unfortunately, this practice definitely happens, with little or no consideration for the needs of the patient who is being discharged.
An elderly (90+) friend of mine was in hospital having suddenly lost most of her sight. One night she was woken at midnight and told that she was going home. She lives on her own and had not yet learned to cope with her blindness.
She was put on a trolley in a 'holding bay', as she describes it. She didn't know where she was or where anything was. She wanted the toilet but had no idea how to get to it. Fortunately, a 'lovely' HCA noticed and sat with her and helped her. She was there all night and in the morning the consultant was furious that she had been moved.
Imagine how frightening this must be for anyone, let alone a frail, elderly person!
Of course, she couldn't be returned to her former bed as that had already been allocated to someone else, so she had to start to familiarise herself with her surroundings and the staff again.
I find this recommendation very disturbing. My GP decided that as someone who is over 50 with mild hypertension I should start to take statins. All was fine for a few months. I put my aches and pains down to over-exercising or flu.
I've now been off statins for 2 years but am still suffering the after-effects of weakened muscles and weight gain through an inability to exercise.