The Green Bag scheme aims to improve patient safety by giving healthcare staff accurate information on patients’ medicines, in particular ensuring that medicines prescribed on admission correspond to those that the patient was taking before admission, where appropriate. The accuracy of the information is supported by the safe transfer of patients’ medicines between care settings, using the easily identifiable Green Bag.
From Monday 4 April, the Green Bag scheme will launch across the whole of the West Midlands. The WMAHSN's transfer of medicines programme encourages patients to take all their own medicines with them if they have to go into hospital. For patients transferred to hospital by West Midlands Ambulance Service, a regional Your green Medicine Bag will be used to bring patients medicines into hospital with them.
The Green Bags keep all the patients' medicines together in a readily identifiable container. Patients’ medicines will move through the care system in the Green Bag with the patient.
Studies have shown that the Green Bag scheme will benefit patients, staff and NHS trusts through:
A host of other resources, to enable trusts and clinical commissioning groups to promote the scheme, are available, including: