Discharge prescription


Writing discharge prescriptions in the ED

Discharge prescriptions for patients going home should be written on a yellow hospital prescription rather than on HSE headed note paper.

Legal requirements for prescriptions

  • Must be legible.
  • Must be in ink.
  • Must be dated & signed by practitioner in their usual signature.
  • Clearly indicate the prescriber’s name.
  • Specify the prescriber’s address (HSE notepaper doesn’t have an address on it).
  • State whether the prescriber is a doctor, dentist or nurse. (The Medical Council recommends including doctors registration number – not a legal requirement).
  • Specify the name & address of the patient.
  • State the age of the patient if under twelve years.

Legal requirements for Controlled Drug prescriptions (CD schedule 2 & 3)

  • Must be written in indelible ink.
  • Must be dated & signed by practitioner in their usual signature.
  • Must specify the address of the prescriber.
  • Patient’s name & address must be handwritten (no addressograph stickers).
  • Must handwrite the following drug details:
    • Dose to be taken
    • Form
    • Strength
    • Total quantity to be supplied in words & figures.
    • Clearly indicate the prescriber’s name & state whether the person is a registered medical practitioner. (The Medical Council recommends including doctors registration number – not a legal requirement).
    • Specify a telephone number at which the prescriber may be contacted.

Pharmacy Department, February 2014.



Content By Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan date. Last review Dr ÍOS 13/11/18.