This page concerns the Medicines Optimisation Team and prescribing guidelines- for a list of pharmacies in Medway please go here.

The Medicines Optimisation Team aims to ensure that patients within Medway get the medicines they need to achieve the best health outcomes for both the individual and the local community within the resources available.

To improve the quality of medicines use in Medway, closer working between professionals and patients is required. The Medicines Optimisation Team is supported by GP advisers, nurses, the Local Pharmaceutical Committee and patient representatives. The Team work across commissioning pathways and geographic boundaries with local practices, pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare providers as well as neighbouring Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Effective prescribing and the optimal use of medicines within Medway can:

  • Improve primary prevention, for example, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol can prevent patients from having heart attacks and strokes which helps to keep the population healthy in future years reducing medical, economic and social burdens.
  • Improve secondary prevention, for example, appropriate prescribing for long term conditions such as diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular which will reduce disease progression, keeping people healthier, mobile and independent, allowing them to continue to contribute to our local society.
  • Ensure legal, safe and clinically effective use of medicines that meet our local health needs and provide value for money.

A range of Medicines Optimisation documents are available here.

To contact the Medway CCG Medicines Optimisation team, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01634 335020.


For Phlebotomy information click here. 

For Prescribing guidelines click here. 

Patient information

Changes to blood test service

As of January 2014, if your GP, practice nurse or community nurse asks you to attend for a routine blood test, you will no longer be able to go to Medway Maritime Hospital but can instead attend one of the community clinics or GP practices that provide a phlebotomy service in Medway.

Prescribing guidelines below- if you believe some guidelines are missing please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.