Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Medicine Management Team, Room FF01, Wonford House Hospital, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5AF http://www.devonpartnership.nhs.uk/
Medicine Management Team
What are the main medicines for seasonal affective disorder?
If you are prescribed a medicine, then there may be many reasons why that one has been chosen. These might include:
- side effects (which ones are important to you)
- local policies or agreements (such as what your GP surgery uses or agreements in your area)
- national policies (e.g. NICE, SIGN - see last question)
- familiarity (it may be better for prescribers to use medicines they are familiar with)
- relative costs for similar medicines (if two medicines are very similar, why waste money on the more expensive one?)
- personal preference (either yours or your prescriber)
- how bad your symptoms are
- any medicine you might have done well with in the past (as it's more likely to work again)
The main medicine treatment options are listed below. They are divided into "Main medicines" and "Others".
For convenience, the "Main medicines” are those medicines that are officially "approved" to treat the condition or symptoms (www.bnf.org/bnf/) and which are listed in the British National Formulary (BNF). To be listed in the BNF there needs to be good evidence that the medicine works and that the manufacturers have applied for a license (a long and costly exercise). "Others" are those medicines where there is some evidence that they help, but either not enough for a license or that no license has been applied for. These should usually only be used where other standard treatments have failed.
Medicines Management Team: Enabling people to use medicines safely and effectively
What do we do?
We enable people to use medicines safely and effectively.
How do we do it?
We support prescribers, Health Care Professional and
people who use our services and their carers.
We provide Medicines Management education and training.
We provide advice and guidance on practice standards
We promote wider understanding of and support the implementation of national guidance into local practice.
We work with partners to develop and agree best practice prescribing guidelines.
We produce a comprehensive range of medicine related policy and procedures.
We provide external assurance to our partners around medicines governance.
We provide prescribing and financial information.
We spread best practice by incorporating the learning from audits and incidents into the all of the work we do.
We work with our partners to set up and monitor reliable systems to ensure the efficient and timely supply of medicines.
Medicine Management Team
Telephone: 01392 675688
Address: Medicine Management Team, Room FF01, Wonford House Hospital, Dryden Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5AF
Trust website: www.devonpartnership.nhs.uk
The medicine management team is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Acute Trust Pharmacy
Acute Trust Pharmacy departments opening times vary but core services are generally available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Staff across DPT have conditional access to on-call pharmacy services outside of these hours.
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW
Main switchboard: 01392 411611
Dispensary: 01392 406028
Meds Information Line: 01392 402450
South Devon Health Care Foundation Trust
Torbay Hospital, Lawes Bridge, Torquay, TQ2 7AA
Main switchboard: 01803 614567
Dispensary: 01803 655301
Meds Information Line: 01803 655304
Northern Devon Health Care Trust
North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4JB
Main switchboard: 01271 322577
Dispensary: 01271 322395
Meds information Line: 01271 322393