About UK Medicines Information
The UKMi Central website is a collaborative venture between the Trent and West Midlands regional Medicines Information services. This reflects the long history of co-operation between these neighbouring regions, which includes co-production of the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service.
Its aim is to improve communication between Midlands MI services and their users, and specifically to
What is the Medicines Information Service?
The NHS Medicines Information (MI) Service is a speciality within the Pharmacy service that supports the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines by provision of information and advice. The service is available to all healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care.
Principal aims are :
The service operates to defined national standards. Services are co-ordinated nationally by the UK Medicines Information Pharmacists' Group.
Who provides the service?
The service is provided by qualified NHS pharmacists who have undertaken additional training in the speciality.
The MI service provides information and advice on all aspects of the therapeutic use of medicines. These include adverse effects, drug interactions, use in special patient groups (elderly, pregnant and breast feeding women etc), identification, availability and support, pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical aspects (e.g. stability, formulation and compatability).
MI services have access to a wide range of biomedical and pharmaceutical sources of information such as computerised databases, references texts, journals, in-house data, specialist opinion, the pharmaceutical industry and national specialist information and advisory services developed as part of the UK Medicines Information network.
What services are provided?
Regional MI services (Trent and West Midlands) provide :
Who uses the service?
Current users include Hospital Doctors, General Practitioners, Hospital and Community Pharmacists, Health Authority Professional Advisers, Hospital and Community Nurses, professions allied to medicine, Dentists, Pharmaceutical/Prescribing Advisers at PCGs/PCTs, Drug and Therapeutics Committees, Pharmacy Managers and other policy makers.
How can I contact the service?
Medicines Information Centres in the UK are organised as a network of regional and local centres. They may be contacted by telephone, letter, e-mail or by personal visit.
If you wish to submit an electronic enquiry to Trent or West Midlands MI Services click here.