Standards for the design of hospital inpatient Prescription Charts

 In Pharmacy Information, Regulations and Standards

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, together with the Royal College of Nursing, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have produced a set of 21 standards for the design of prescription charts.


These include appropriate spaces for the patient’s details including a box for drug allergies. The prescription chart should have space for once-only medication, regular medicines and “as required” medicines. Each section must have a section for nurses to record the administration.

The Ashtons Prescription Charts comply fully with all the 21 standards.

An additional good practice recommendation is that a standardised training package should be available to train prescribers and nurses on the appropriate use of the prescription chart.

Ashtons provides an accredited e-learning training course on Prescribing and Administering and this is available for clinical staff on no extra charge for our hospitals.

For further information about our e-learning programme click here

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