Non-medical prescribing in A and E and sexual health

The evidence base for safe and effective non-medical prescribing is given a boost by a recent study examining retrospectively 764 case notes from nurse prescribers in accident and emergency and sexual health departments in a London hospital. Case notes for 490 patients from nurse practitioners not trained in prescribing were included for comparison. Just over half (409) of the prescribers’ patients needed medication and in 99.4% of consultations (n=566), safe prescribing practice was evident.