Eastern Cheshire GP shortlisted for national award

1st June 2017

Caring Together is introducing services that help people live well with long-term conditions to avoid unnecessary hospital visits.

Dr Rebecca King, an Eastern Cheshire GP trainee from The Schoolhouse Surgery in Disley, has been shortlisted in the “improving safety in medicines management” category for a national award after developing a website that makes it easy for clinical staff to calculate the risk of side effects from combinations of anticholinergic drugs that are frequently used to treat conditions including depression, insomnia and incontinence. This in turn is helping with the number of frail, elderly patients falling and injuring themselves.

The Patient Safety Awards are held annually to recognise outstanding practice in healthcare. 

Medications with anticholinergic properties are frequently prescribed to older, frailer patients but their use in certain combinations can cause falls because of side effects including blurred vision, drowsiness and dizziness. Dr King’s Anticholinergic Burden Calculator measures the risk of prescribing various combinations and then suggests safer alternatives.

Practice partner Dr Andrew Maurice said: “Adverse drug reactions account for 6.5 per cent of hospital admissions, and it is thought that up to 70 per cent of these could be avoidable. That’s why I welcome Dr King’s burden calculator – which will not only improve the quality of patients’ lives but also ease pressure on the NHS as it struggles to cope with ever-increasing demand.”

The calculator has already been applauded locally, having won the Macclesfield District General Hospital Annual Presentation Prize late last year.

Meanwhile, the shortlisting is the latest honour for The Schoolhouse Surgery, which was a finalist in the GP of the Year Awards 2016 for management of long-term conditions. In addition, the surgery is among just four per cent of GP practices nationally to have been rated outstanding by the Care Quality CommissionRebecca King - Schoolhouse Surgery

IT ALL ADDS UP: Dr King with Dr Maurice, right, and Steve Smith, a friend of Dr King, who developed the web app and works as a software developer in London.

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