HUDDERSFIELD has been selected to spearhead a national project to improve the management of medicines in hospitals.
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, responsible for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital, has teamed up with 20 other hospital trusts to address common problems with pharmaceutical care.
The group will work together for 18 months to build up information and devise more ways of using automated technology to make sure patients and the Trust get the most from their medicines. The Trust's team will consist of ten members of staff from across different hospital divisions and a voluntary patient representative.
They will focus on issues including better usage instructions on drugs and fewer delays on discharge.
Mike Culshaw, the Trust's clinical director of pharmacy, said: "The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust's pharmacy department will be able to use the 18-month assignment to optimise our service and potentially roll out our successes to other trusts nationwide."