How to Prescribe

The prescription is the first link in the chain of events leading to a patient receiving a blood product. Errors or omissions in the prescription can lead to major adverse events and even death.

The key elements of any prescription are identifying:

For inpatients, Blood Bank does not require a prescription but the staff administering the product will.

For outpatients where Blood Bank give the product directly to the patient (e.g. Evogam, serum eyedrops, RhD Immunoglobulin), Blood Bank will require the prescription. Although dispensing can take place use a faxed/scanned copy, the original prescription must be promptly sent to the department dispensing the product.

Please see the complete requirements for prescribing as listed in the Medicines Regulations 1984 and NZBS's Dispensing Policy.