Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Pan-Dorset Formulary

PLEASE NOTE: all formulary information has now been migrated to The formulary information on this site is no longer being updated and may not be up to date.

The formulary is a joint venture between primary and secondary care teams. We aim to cover 80-90% of prescribing within the Dorset health community. We do recognise however, there will be instances where prescribing outside of the formulary will be both necessary and appropriate. For example:

  • new patients registering with a practice on a non-formulary drug
  • specialised usage of a drug within secondary care.

Where a specialist needs to prescribe outside the formulary and is requesting, for example, a GP to take over prescribing responsibility, the specialist should explain why a non-formulary product is required.

The main features of this site are:

  • it is a place for information provided to all general practices and hospitals in Dorset
  • it provides guidance on first and second choice drugs
  • primary and secondary care prescribers and pharmacists have been involved in getting the joint formulary to this pilot stage
  • it will be a continually evolving and dynamic place for information, we recognise the importance of keeping it up to date. We welcome feedback on the formulary particularly during this pilot phase
  • it contains prescribing notes with key messages on best practice and provides guidance on appropriate and cost-effective prescribing
  • agreement has been reached to ensure that patients have continuity of medicines across the interface between primary care and secondary care
  • it aims to help prescribers choose the most appropriate medicines whilst ensuring value for money in the use of NHS resources.

Our pages also provide detailed information and definitions for the Traffic Light Scheme (TLS), an integral part of the pan-Dorset formulary.

All material in this section is aimed primarily at health professionals, but is also available to the public. If you are a members of the public and seeking advice on medicine-related matters, you are encouraged to speak with your GP, pharmacist , nurse, or to contact NHS 111.

If you would like help implementing the formulary please contact:

  • primary care: your Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Medicines Support Team.
  • secondary care: the Pharmacy or your directorate pharmacist.

Formulary content and layout

The therapeutic sections of the pan-Dorset formulary are based on the chapters of the British National Formulary (BNF). The most popular or commonly known names have been used for the information listed.

The pan-Dorset formulary is not designed to replace the BNF and prescribing information given is minimal. All prescribers should continue to refer to the current BNF for information on indications, dosage, side-effects, drug interactions and more comprehensive information on a wider range of medicines.

Medicines included in the pan-Dorset formulary are categorised according to a traffic light system.