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Nationwide hospital shortage of diamorphine – January 2020

There is a nationwide shortage of lower strength diamorphine which, at the moment, is mainly affecting hospitals. DCHS hospital ward stock will gradually switch to morphine except for Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs). Walton pharmacy will keep small stock of diamorphine for UTCs and for End of Life (EOL) patients, for whom a switch from diamorphine to morphine is not feasible due to high dose solubility issues.

North Derbyshire: Ashgate Hospice & Chesterfield Royal are already using morphine in syringe drivers as well as for anticipatory breakthrough pain. South Derbyshire: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton are already using diamorphine in syringe drivers and morphine for breakthrough pain.

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