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LIMOS team shortlisted for an HSJ Patient Safety Award

DSC_3223.jpgThe Lewisham integrated medicines optimisation service (LIMOS) has been shortlisted for an HSJ patient safety award for their work in improving medication safety for older people. The LIMOS pharmacy team [pictured] is integrated across the hospital, local care homes and community settings, which means that, if a care home resident is admitted to hospital, or vice versa, there is a seamless approach to managing medication, which ensures that transfers from one setting to another are smooth and trouble free.

LIMOS works with care home staff, GPs and other clinical colleagues to review medication for residents and develop individualised medicine care plans.

Lead pharmacist Kath Howes says: “The whole team is very excited to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. We have proved that working across organisations in an integrated way keeps patients safe, avoids unnecessary hospital admissions and saves money, and we hope this model of working will be adopted more widely across the health and social care sector.”

The team will find out whether they’ve won at the awards ceremony on 9 July. Wish them luck!