Further Information

Clinical and pharmaceutical information provided within the formulary is intended as a guide only. Always check relevant information sources before prescribing or administering any drug.

For enquiries relating to the content of the Trust formulary or regarding High Cost Drugs please contact Steven Rees, Pharmacy IT Systems Manager.

For enquiries relating to DTC applications or other general prescribing issues please contact Baljinder Ahitan, Deputy Clinical Services Manager (and Secretary to the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee).

Surrey Prescribing Advisory Database (‘PAD’)

The PAD has recently been relaunched- it is an innovative resource which can be accessed by healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care and by patients. The PAD provides guidance and key information on medicines use within Surrey. You can search by medicine, condition or NICE technology appraisal. Information available on the PAD includes:

  • Recommendations, decisions, policy statements and submission papers from our Prescribing Clinical Network and Medicines Commissioning Group
  • Links to associated NICE Technology Appraisals
  • Relevant drug / safety alerts issued by the NPSA, EMEA and the MHRA
  • Local Policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines relating to the use of medicines
  • Materials used in the course of optimising medicines use e.g. audit tools, letter templates

Each drug entry on the PAD has been assigned a Traffic Light Status which is a locally agreed colour-coded guidance system on the use of medicines across the interface between primary and secondary care. It provides a framework for defining where clinical and therefore prescribing responsibility should lie. The system is only advisory but is intended to clarify expectations of prescribing responsibility.

The PAD is maintained by members of the NHS Surrey Medicines Management Teams who provide services to the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.