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B-EAT - Beating Eating Disorders
Beat is the UK's eating disorder charity.  It was set up in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

Content includes: guidance on the drug management of common conditions; details of medicines with special reference to their uses, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, doses, and relative costs; and guidance on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and administering medicines.

BNF for Children
Content includes: guidance on the drug management of common conditions; details of medicines with special reference to their uses, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, doses, and relative costs; and guidance on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and administering medicines.

Breast Cancer Care
The only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.  

Bumps is provided by the UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS).  They provide freely available Bumps information leaflets to women and their partners with the facts that they need to make informed decisions, in conjunction with their healthcare provider, about use of a medicine (or medicines) in pregnancy. 

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) letters
Can be accessed here

Choice and Medication
The preferred website for information about medication and conditions.  A large selection of leaflets are available to download and print including simplified leaflets with pictures that are suitable for younger adolescents and people with a lower reading ability, easy read leaflets for patients with learning disabilities or a significant reading impairment and leaflets translated into several languages.  The website also contains information 'handy charts' that compare the benefits and risks of psychotropic medicines for example, antipsychotics.

Community Pharmacy website
Provides information on the Minor Ailments Service and Unscheduled Care for NHS Scotland.

Up to date, approved and regulated prescribing information for licensed medicines – Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs) and Patient Information Leaflets (PILs).

Injectable Medicines Guide (password required)

The Injectable Medicines Guide (IMG) aims to provide guidance on the preparation and administration of injectable medicines in adult and paediatric clinical areas and a reference source for organisations preparing an injectable medicines administration policy.

iRefer (password required)

Provides the most appropriate imaging investigations or intervention for any diagnostic or imaging problem

NEWT Guidelines (password required)
Information on the administration of medication to patients with enteral feeding tubes or swallowing difficulties.

NHS Highland webpages

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)
The NICE CKS service provides primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 330 common and/or significant primary care presentations.  The service is regularly maintained and upgraded as and when significant new evidence emerges.

NICE Guidelines
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.  They provide guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care, which also contains resources to help maximise use of evidence and guidance.  

Renal Drug Database (password required)
Access to over 800 drug monographs, The Renal Drug Database is a key source of prescribing information for clinical and medicines information pharmacists.  Each monograph provides information on criteria including Clinical Use, Dose in Normal Renal Function, Dose in Renal Impairment, Important Drug Interactions, Metabolism and Administration, with information validated under the governance of the UK Renal Pharmacy Group.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Medicines Information Line can provide PILs in large/clear print, braille and audio CD.  You can also listen to a PIL when you call the Medicines Information Line on 0800 198 5000.  This service is free to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Scotland's Health on the Web (SHOW)

Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines
The Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines reflect a consensus of opinion about good practice in the management of adult patients with life limiting illness.  They are designed for healthcare professionals from any care setting who are involved in supporting people with a palliative life-limiting condition.

SIGN Guidelines
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) was formed in 1993. Its objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.

South East Scotland Cancer Network

The South East Scotland Network (SCAN) aims to provide cancer care in the South East of Scotland by facilitating communication and partnership working.

Specialist Pharmacy Service
Resource to support answering medicines-related questions in primary care for NHS Scotland.

Stockley's Interaction Checker (password required)
Stockley's Interaction Alerts are derived from the full text publication of Stockley's Drug Interactions, to provide healthcare professionals with a quick way to check for potential interactions in a clinical setting.  In essence the Alerts summarise drug-drug, drug-herb, and drug-food interactions in a few short lines to give a quick ready-reference to whether drugs can safely be taken together.

Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC): Contains manufacturer's information on medicines including dose, side effects, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and patient information leaflets.


Last reviewed: 26/07/2017

Next review date: 26/07/2020

Reviewer name(s): Kate Patience-Quate.

Document Id: FCR100