PAD - Prescribing Advisory Database
PLEASE NOTE : This is a development system.

For Surrey PAD, please go to

Welcome To PAD

The Surrey Prescribing Advisory Database (‘PAD’) is an innovative resource which can be accessed by healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care and by patients. The PAD provides guidance and key information on medicines use within Surrey. You can search by medicine, condition or NICE technology appraisal. Information available on the PAD includes:

  • Recommendations, decisions, policy statements and submission papers from our Prescribing Clinical Network and Medicines Commissioning Group (links to ToRs)
  • Links to associated NICE Technology Appraisals
  • Relevant drug / safety alerts issued by the NPSA, EMEA and the MHRA
  • Local Policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines relating to the use of medicines
  • Materials used in the course of optimising medicines use e.g. audit tools, letter templates

A number of key decisions made by the local Acute Trust Drugs and Therapeutic Committees (Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) will also be available on the PAD, particularly where the responsibility for prescribing crosses the primary / secondary care interface and has been subject to local agreement. Full details of Acute Trust formularies are available on the Trust’s websites.

Each drug entry on the PAD has been assigned a Traffic Light Status which is a locally agreed colour-coded guidance system on the use of medicines across the interface between primary and secondary care. It provides a framework for defining where clinical and therefore prescribing responsibility should lie. The system is only advisory but is intended to clarify expectations of prescribing responsibility.

Materials on this site may be downloaded / copied freely by people employed by its member organisations for purposes that support the NHS activities of their organisation.  Any person who is not employed by the member organisations who wishes to use or copy the materials for their own use should first seek permission and acknowledge the original source.

The PAD is maintained by members of the Medicines Management Teams who provide services to the local Clinical Commissioning Groups. Your comments or feedback are welcome by visiting the contact page.
The technical development of this website was supported by Pfizer Ltd, Tillotts, BI, AZ, Napp and Ferring.


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