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Clinical guidelines are documents developed to assist prescribers make evidence-based, cost-effective and consistent prescribing decisions. Guidelines help to ensure patients are prescribed the most appropriate treatment for their condition.

All Kingston guidelines are peer reviewed and ratified by Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Drugs and Therapeutics Group (DTG) and/or Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Medicines Committee, depending on their implications for primary or secondary care. These committees are multidisciplinary and include consultants, specialists, pharmacists, GPs, and nurses from both primary and secondary care.

In Kingston several types of guidelines exist:

  • Local clinical guidelines developed in Kingston
  • Area-wide guidelines, such as South West London Medicines Commissioning Group (SWLMCG) cardiovascular guidelines
  • Shared Care guidelines for South West London (see Shared Care section).
  • National Guidelines such as NICE. Links to NICE Technical Appraisals are included in each formulary section.

How do I find the Guidelines on this website?

Guidelines can be found in three ways:

  • Through the Guidelines section in the left hand column. This is subdivided into British National Formulary (BNF) subsections to make guidelines easy to find.
  • Through the Formulary section in the left hand column. Links to guidelines are included at the top of the relevant formulary page.
  • By using the Search box; however, remember that the search function will only find words on the website and not within a document.
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