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Community pharmacy discharge medicines service: a step towards improved patient safety?
  1. Michael Wilcock1,
  2. David Bearman2
  1. 1 Pharmacy, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, UK
  2. 2 Community Pharmacist, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Michael Wilcock, Pharmacy, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, UK; mike.wilcock{at}

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In 2019, we highlighted the important role that community pharmacies can play in supporting patients with their medicines on discharge from hospital.1 Recent publications have provided a helpful reminder that there is a high rate of medication error or discrepancy after discharge,2 that older people experience considerable difficulties managing their post-discharge medicines,3 and that community pharmacy post-discharge care schemes are considered to offer benefits to patients and the wider healthcare system.4 Earlier this year, a funded community pharmacy discharge medicines service (DMS) was introduced in England, allowing hospital staff to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around their medicines regimen for support from a community pharmacy.5 For this …

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