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Palliative Care

This formulary for pain and symptom management in adults is intended as a guide for prescribers in hospital and community.  Special care should be taken when prescribing strong opioids, particularly in opioid naïve patients, because of the risk of respiratory depression. The dose and frequency should be carefully stated on the prescription. For further guidance see BNF.  

Many drugs listed are unlicensed in their use or route and as such the clinician takes personal responsibility for prescribing.  If symptoms are not controlled, please contact Specialist Palliative Care for advice. Advice should be sought early to avoid symptom crisis.

When prescribing for Barnsley patients out of hours this formulary should be adhered to:

Palliative Care Formulary - 2020-2023

NHS Barnsley CCG has agreed with certain pharmacies across Barnsley for them to hold a list of palliative care drugs to help support those patients in urgent need of medication, often outside normal pharmacy opening hours.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this list of pharmacies has now been extended to 18 pharmacies in Barnsley.  Please see link below.

Palliative Care Participating Pharmacies

Please see below for the list of drugs Pharmacies endeavour to retain (demand permitting).

Palliative Care Formulary Drug List