Medicine Sick Day Rules Card

To complement the publication of the updated Polypharmacy Guidance (April 2018), NHSScotland and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are making the Medicine Sick Day Rules card available nationally. This was developed, tested and evaluated in NHS Highland with input from patients, carers, pharmacists and doctors.

The Medicines Sick Day Rules card has been updated with the addition of space.  The supporting documents have also been updated in this manner. This is to allow health care professionals to add other medicines that sick day rules also apply to.

A Useful Resource

The Medicine Sick Day Rules card is a useful resource for patients, carers, and health professionals, as it promotes better management of long-term conditions through the safer, more effective and person-centred use of medicines. It helps to raise awareness of potential harms if patients continue to take certain widely prescribed medicines whilst suffering from a dehydrating illness.

More Information

The development of the Medicine Sick Day Rules card was supported by two internal evaluation processes in NHS Highland. The evaluation reports can be downloaded here (First Evaluation and Second Evaluation). The card was also presented as a poster at the 2015 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference. The abstract supporting the poster presentation is available through the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (Poster number 98, page 92).

Electronic copies

You can download electronic versions of the Medicine Sick Day Rules card and leaflets for patients and professionals from the links below. We have included high resolution print-ready PDFs, should you wish to use external printing companies to print hard copies locally.

Please note we no longer have any Cards in stock and cannot supply any.