3.1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of those involved in prescribing, dispensing and supporting use of medication.
The Doctors role is to determine what medication the patient needs. It is his responsibility to prescribe the correct medication, the dose, the type and amount.
The chemist’s role is to dispense the medication that is written on the prescription, it is their responsibility to make sure that the items they give out are correct and exactly the same as what is written on the prescription. If there are any mistakes they must contact the doctor.
The carer’s role is to make sure that the patient gets their medication. It is their responsibility to give the patient the correct medication, at the correct time with the correct dose. Everything that is given out must match what is printed on the Mar sheet and must be signed for.
3.2. Explain where responsibilities lie in relation to use of ‘over the counter’ remedies and supplements.
If I saw a client taking over the counter remedies I would ask where they got them from and why they needed to take them, I would then inform the manager and document it in the careplan. If the client was not capable of telling me I would remove the remedy and inform the manager again.
4.1. Describe the routes by which medication can be administered.