Prescribers and pharmacists on the North Coast will have access to SafeScript NSW from late May 2022. The launch of SafeScripts across the region was delayed earlier this year due to the impact of floods on many services.
SafeScript NSW will provide prescribers and pharmacists with real-time information about a patient’s prescribing and dispensing history for certain high-risk medicines, known as monitored medicines. This information helps to improve clinical decision making and keep patients safe.
The service will be rolled out State-wide in a phased approach. Prescribers and pharmacists in the Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN were the first to have access to SafeScript NSW in November 2021, followed by Northern Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains in March 2022. Health practitioners who have registered for the system are finding it to be an easy-to-use, helpful clinical tool.
‘It is integrated really well and is easy to use. I have a lot more insight and information about what is going on with patients now,’ General Practitioner.
‘It’s an essential tool for pharmacists to dispense medications safety,’ Pharmacist.
Who is eligible to access SafeScript NSW?
All prescribers (medical practitioners and nurse practitioners) and pharmacists who are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be able to access the system when it becomes available.
What should you expect from SafeScript NSW?
Eligible prescribers and pharmacists will receive an invitation to register for SafeScript NSW by email to the address recorded with AHPRA. Registration is a simple 10-minute process and step-by-step instructions will be provided.
Are support and resources available?
Prescribers and pharmacists are being supported during the rollout of SafeScript NSW and will have ongoing access to resources.
To prepare for the arrival of SafeScript NSW:
- complete a series of CPD eLearning modules, which explain how and when to use the system, information about monitored medicines and clinical practice, and how to support patients who may be at risk of harm
- learn about the support available, including a dedicated 24/7 clinical advice line and enhancements to local HealthPathways.