All material on this website is aimed at healthcare professionals working in BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire.

Members of the public seeking advice on medicine-related matters are encouraged to speak with their GP, pharmacist or nurse, or out of hours contact the NHS 111 service by telephoning 111.

1 - Gastro-intestinal

Guidance for the use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) in Adults

Bariatric Surgery and Medicines (PrescQipp Bulletin)

2 - Cardiovascular

BSW Sacubitril Valsartan for Heart Failure

Guidelines for the use of Dapagliflozin and Empagliflozin in Heart Failure

Inclisiran Guidance for Primary Care

NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative: Summary of National Guidance for Lipid Management

Finerenone tablets (Kerenia®) for treatment of CKD (3/4 albuminuria) in adults with T2DM

INR Self Testing Guidance

Anticoagulation in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF): BSW Guidance for Prescribers

Wiltshire Compression and Lymphoedema Garments

NICE Hypertension Guidance - Patient Decision Aid

BSW Postural Hypotension Prescribing Guidelines for Primary Care

Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs - formerly NOACs)

BSW Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) for DVT and PE in Adults: Local Pathways

BSW Guide – Electronic Tools to Support Creatinine Clearance Calculation for DOACs

BaNES Heparin Sodium IV Flushes - Self Prescribing Guidance

3 - Respiratory

BSW Guidance on Prescribing for Hay Fever and Allergic Rhinitis

Roflumilast Guidance

COPD Guidance

Primary Care Guidance on the use of Rescue Packs in COPD

BSW COPD Inhaler Guide

BSW Asthma Inhaler Guidelines in Adults



Air Liquide Portal - for healthcare professionals

COPD Training Events - September 2015

To obtain copies of any of the above presentations from these events please e-mail

4 - CNS

Pain management documents

Pain Management supporting information: "Opioids Aware"

BSW CCG Lidocaine 5% Medicated Plasters (Ralvo®) Guidance for non-cancer pain in adults


BSW Primary Care Migraine Treatment Pathway for Adults

BSW Biologic Migraine Prevention Pathway in Adults

Rimegepant for treating acute migraine

Perinatal mental health

AWP Prescribing Guidance for Mental Health Prescribers and GP's in Perinatal Mental Health

Hypnotics and Anxiolytics


Benzodiazepine & Z-Drug (BZRA) Deprescribing Algorithm

Daridorexant for treating long-term insomnia

NICE - Insomnia

Other CNS condition documents

BSW Domperidone Guidance

BSW Guidelines for the use of Melatonin in Children

BSW Community Stop Smoking Guide

Medicines Information Bulletin AWP - Managing ADHD Medicine Shortages in ADULTS: Advice for Primary Care (October - December 2023)

MHRA info: Antiepileptic drugs: new advice on switching between different manufacturers' products for a particular drug

SPS - Choosing an equivalent dose of oral Benzodiazepines

NHS England Cannabis prescribing - FAQs

AWP Procedure for Monitoring Psychotropic Medication

PrescQIPP Hot Topic; Nov 2023 - Right to Choose

Right to Choose - Frequently Asked Questions

5 - Infections

Local antibiotic guidance and leaflets

As our Antibiotic Guidance is regularly being reviewed we recommend that you DO NOT print copies, and always refer to our website for the most up date information

BSW Management of Infection Guidance for Primary Care

Management of Infection Guidance for Children in Primary Care (quick reference guide)

PHE Diagnosis of UTI: Quick Reference Guide

Management of Infection Guidance for ADULTS in Primary Care (quick reference guide)

TARGET Antibiotic Toolkit - Antimicrobial Stewardship Resource for primary care including patient information

MRSA Policy for General Practice - Infection Prevention Control

Local Microguides

Royal United Hospitals Bath Microguide

Salisbury Foundation Trust Microguide

Great Western Hospitals Microguide

Other reference information

BSW Malaria Prophylaxis

Clinical Assessment form over 65s with suspected UTI - PENDING REVIEW

BSW Acne Prescribing Guidelines – Clinical Management in Primary Care

BSW Acne Prescribing Guidelines – Clinical Management in Primary Care


Travel Health Pro: Malaria Prophylaxis (by country)

6 - Endocrine

BSW Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Diabetes Guideline

BSW Guidelines for Glucose Management in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes UK Factsheet for people affected by GLP-1 RA shortages

Advice for those stopping GLP1's NHS leaflet - produced by Somerset ICB and approved for use across Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire

Prescribing Incentive Scheme FY 23/24 - Review of GLP-1s as response to national shortage – Supporting information

Prescribing Incentive Scheme FY 23/24 - Review of GLP-1s as response to national shortage – Information for Practices

GLP-1 Stock Shortage - Patient Information Leaflet with cover letter

GLP-1 Stock Shortage - Patient Information Leaflet without cover letter

Postural hypotension prescribing guidelines for primary care

Wessex LMCs: Care of Transgender and Non-binary Patients in Primary Care

BSW HRT Formulary Treatment Options

Testosterone in Women Pathway Summary

BSW Prescribing Information for Relugolix-Estradiol-Norethisterone Acetate (Ryeqo®) for Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

Oral Semaglutide (Rybelsus) Prescribing Guidance

LHRH use in Men with Prostate Cancer

Initiating SGLT2 inhibitors for Adults in Type 2 Diabetes

Sodium Glucose Co-Transporters-2 Inhibitors (SGLT-2i) Comparison Chart – Diabetes Nurse Specialist Forum UK

Sharps Disposal and Prescribing Sharps Bins on FP10

BSW Insulin Formulary

Summary of Intermittent and Real Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems available on FP10

7 - Obs, Gyn and UT

Guidelines for the Pharmacological Management of Overactive Bladder Disease in Adults in Primary Care

emc: EVRA Contraceptive Patch Prescribing information

BSW ICB Erectile Dysfunction - Primary Care Prescribing Advisory Summary

8 - Malignant disease and Immunosuppression

Currently no guidance

9 - Nutrition and Blood

BSW Pathway for use of Ferric Maltol (Feraccru®)

Community Malnutrition Screening Tool

Oral Nutrition Formulary

Making the most of your food - information for patients

BNSSG Health Community's Prescribing Guidance - Renavit

Care Home Malnutrition Screening Tool

Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults

Investigation, treatment and review of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency

Nourishing drinks - information for patients

10 - Musculoskeletal

NICE: Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults

11 - Eye

BaNES and Wiltshire Pharmacological Management of Glaucoma in Primary Care

UKOPG Clinical Guidance: Ophthalmic Special Order Products

Included here for information. Please note: BSW has not reviewed the products in the specials list and therefore, the traffic light status in the document should be ignored. If you are asked to prescribe any specials in this document, please email

BSW Prescribing Guidelines for Dry Eye

12 - Ear, Nose and Oropharynx

13 - Skin

BSW Emollient Prescribing Guidelines for Adults and Children

Quick Guide - First Line Emollients

Guidelines for the Management of Actinic (solar) keratosis

MRSA Policy for General Practice - Infection Prevention Control

Wiltshire Scar Oils and Gels

Eflornithine Position Statement

Acne Prescribing Guidelines - Clinical Management in Primary Care

14 - Immunological Products and Vaccines

For queries regarding immunisations and vaccines, please contact the NHS England Area Team via email: or call 0113 8251500.

For PGDs please go to:

Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

15 - Anaesthesia

Currently no guidance

16 - Paediatrics

BSW Guidelines for the use of Melatonin in Children

Oxford Health Guideline for the Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents - approved for BSW

Guidance to support the continued prescribing of SSRIs in primary care in children for the treatment of depression - approved for BSW

Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) for Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) in Paediatric Patients

19 - Woundcare

This material is intended for Healthcare Professionals and may contain graphic, medical images which some individuals may find upsetting.

Wiltshire Wound Guidance and Pathways

Wiltshire Wound Care Formulary

BaNES Wound Care Formulary

BaNES Leg Ulcer Pathway

Swindon Wound Care Formulary

Swindon Heel and Foot Pressure Ulcer Pathway

Swindon Tissue Viability Teams - Skin Tear Pathway for Community Nursing

Swindon Tissue Viability Teams - TVN Wraps Decision Making Tool

ONPOS User Guide

AHSN Patient information leaflet on the use of compression for venous leg ulcers (English language)

FORMEO Quick Ref. Guide 1 - Getting Started

FORMEO Quick Ref. Gude 2 - Creating an Order

FORMEO Quick Ref. Guide 3 - Creating an order for a different location

Swindon (GWH) Clinical decision making tool for mechanical debridement

Swindon Tissue Viability Teams - URGO Dressing Selection Guide

Swindon Tissue Viability Teams - Hosiery Decision Making Tool

AHSN Resources on the use of compression for venous leg ulcers – includes PILs in multiple languages

MASD/IAD Pathway for BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire

NHS Supply Chain Blue Diamond, eDirect and Stock Product Supply Routes

21 - Palliative Care

RUH Palliative Care Prescribing Advice for GP's (inc. Just in Case Prescribing)

End of Life Care Support in Swindon

Wessex Palliative Care Handbook

Use of Alfentanil via the subcutaneous route for symptom control in palliative and end of life care patients in the community (adults)