A reminder for storing your medicines

NHS medicine store

When we deal with medicines every day, it’s our responsibility to make sure we keep them in the right place, and more importantly, ensure they’re secure. 

Wherever possible, drug and medicine management regulations require clinicians to: 

  • lock the ambulance or car
  • store all medicines appropriately and out-of-sight
  • use locked facilities for controlled drugs (CDs) whenever they are available, and secure CDs at all times
  • keep the keys for the drug safes on their person at all times, i.e. not in the vehicle or anywhere in sight. 

We do know that in some situations this isn’t always possible, like when dealing with a time critical patient at hospital for example, but reasonable measures must be taken at all times to secure medicines and drugs appropriately. In particular, individuals’ controlled drugs like morphine should be secured at all times. 

If you have any questions about the storage or security of medicines, please contact medicinemanagement@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 7th April, 2016

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