Canterbury DHB


Prescribing Requirements

If you are unclear about the availability of medicines on discharge, page the Haematology Pharmacist on 8209. Information about drug availability and subsidies is available online from:

In This Section

Patients' Own Medications

Verbal Orders

Patients' Own Medications

Drugs that patients have brought into hospital are kept in the drug preparation room, checked, and returned to them on discharge if appropriate.

Medication required for the hospital stay will be supplied by the hospital. To reduce waste, patients will routinely use their own inhalers, eyedrops, and creams, etc. These will be replaced if they run out. See CDHB Use of Patient’s Own Medication Policy.

The exceptions are thalidomide, lenalidomide, compassionate supply, and clinical trial medication. Due to the restrictions on these, patients will need to continue their own supply.

Provided it is fit for use, it is good practice for patients to use their own oral chemotherapy in hospital. This ensures that at the end of a treatment course there is no remaining chemotherapy left lying around in the patient's home.

Verbal Orders

Verbal orders within the haematology department are governed by three policies/procedures. Each has a specific process that must be followed to ensure the order remains valid and legal:

About this Canterbury DHB document (5701):

Document Owner:

Steve Gibbons and Fiona Stone (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

March 2017

Next Review:

March 2020


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Topic Code: 5701