Important checklists for ordering medication

Checklist for Named Patient orders

  • Ward name
  • Patient’s full name and date of birth
  • Dates and times of leave (if applicable)
  • Drug name (in full)
  • Form and strength
  • Dose and frequency
  • Quantity required
  • Signed and dated by Doctor

Checklist for Controlled Drug orders

  • Ward name
  • Patient’s full name and date of birth
  • Drug name (in full)
  • Form and strength
  • Dose and frequency
  • Quantity specified in total unit doses ( x mls, x caps, x tabs)and written in both words and figures
  • Quantity specified should not exceed 28 days supply
  • Signed and dated by Doctor

Checklist for TTO orders

  • Please complete the checklist for Named Patient orders, plus
  • Specify the date the TTO is required and the start date
  • Always remember to fax a copy of the prescription chart with the order