netFormulary Dorset NHS
The Dorset Formulary has been developed in associations with
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Welcome to the Dorset Formulary

Useful Links

Dorset Medicines Advisory Group (DMAG)

DMAG Summary

Traffic Light Categorisation

Formulary Proposal Form

Shared Care Guideline Template 

 Drug Decision Making Process        

Primary Care

Opioid Resource Pack

SCAN Guidelines (Antibiotics)

Understanding your urine microbiology results (MSU)

SPS guidance on alternatives to solid dosage forms

CQC matrix

2019/2020 Savings plan

Dorset CCG Medicines Standards

NHSE Medicines Shortage Guidance

SPS - Shortages

NPA - Shortages

DHSC - Shortages  

 Resources for Specials Prescribing

Private Prescription Guidance

Private Prescription – Items Cheaper Than a Prescription Charge 

NHSE OTC patient information leaflet

NHSE OTC Letter for GPs

NHSE OTC support document

Medicines Matters: mechanisms for prescribing, supply and administration of medicines

Template Letter to Decline prescribing of "red" drugs in Primary Care

Template Letter to Decline Prescribing of "non-formulary" drugs in Primary Care 





Secondary Care

Individual Funding Requests (NHSE)

CCG Notification of High Cost Excluded Drugs

Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) List

NHS England High Cost Drug List

Individual Funding Requests (CCG)

The Manual NHS England


Useful Websites

Yellow Card Scheme

Polypharmacy Formulary Chapter

NICE Evidence Search/ BNF

Drug Tariff

NHS Choices Patient Medicine Leaflets

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)

OTC Directory

CCG Incident Reporting Tool

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News Feed

08th May 2019 - Flu season has ended

Please see details here.

Guidance documents can be found here for out of season influenza prescribing. Alternatively, search the term "fluoos" is the search bar.


Epanutin® 50 mg Infatabs (phenytoin)  temporary supply issue

 Please see here for details on the supply issues affecting Epanutin 50mg Infatabs. 

Labetalol shortage of supply

Please see here for details on the supply issues affecting labetalol tablets.


Levomepromazine shortage of supply

Please see here for details on the supply issues affecting levomepromazine solution for injection. 

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics -  MHRA Drug Safety Update 

Please see here for the update published 21/03/2019. It includes new restrictions and precautions for use due to very rare reports of disabling and potentially long-lasting or irreversible side effects

Loss of formulary mobile application 

The NetFormulary mobile application will no longer be available for use in Dorset as of May 2019.

This decision was based on the use of the application throughout Dorset, the increased access to technology for mobile healthcare teams and the functionality of the application and cost. This decision was approved by the Dorset Medicines Advisory Group of which clinicians from primary and secondary care are members.

 It is recommended that if you wish to access the formulary from your mobile phone, then to use the internet browser and use the mobile website:


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Getting started: Use the search tool to find medicine of interest or browse by BNF chapter using the 'Chapters' Menu at top of page.

The Dorset Formulary aims to provide information on medicines supporting safe, evidence-based, cost-effective practice. Whilst the formulary contains links to relevant policies and guidelines, the prescriber retains the responsibility for the appropriate use of this information.

For further information on the development of the Dorset Formulary and participating organisations, please go to the About page. 

Comments about any aspect of the formulary can be made by using the feedback tab at the top of this page.

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