Hospital prescribing of Haloperidol in your NHS Health Board area

Peter J Gordon made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Orkney NHS Board

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Dear Orkney NHS Board,
I am writing as part of a Freedom of Information request regarding statistical details of the prescribing of the antipsychotic medication generically called HALOPERIDOL. It may be that the all of the information that I request is already available through a publicly accessible database and if so could you please direct me to this.

The reason I write is that I am aware that Hospital Guidelines/Protocols for acute agitation, psychosis, behavioural or psychological disturbance generally seem to include Haloperidol as the first-line pharmacological treatment of choice, given either orally or intramuscularly. This week in the British Medical Journal the following paper has been published: “Change Page: “Don’t use antipsychotics routinely to treat agitation and aggression in people with dementia”
This refers to individuals who may be diagnosed with dementia, but I am aware that prescribing of Haloperidol, as part of Hospital Guidelines/Protocols is also part of management of Delirium.

I am ware that prescribing of Haloperidol is also routinely part of protocols in those aged under 65 for acute or chronic agitation, psychosis, behavioural or psychological disturbance.

Could you please answer the following questions as completely as possible:

1. For the last 5 years (2009 to 2013 inclusive) could you confirm the quantity of Haloperidol issued to cover all acute and community hospitals in your NHS Board area as per each strength:




2. Can you supply any protocols/guidelines in place for your NHS Board area that include Haloperidol as part of a treatment pathway.

Can you confirm if you have a protocol for Delirium and if it includes recommendation of Haloperidol?

Can you confirm if you have a protocol for Dementia and if it includes Haloperidol as a treatment option for “BPSD” (Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia)

Can you confirm when each protocol was first issued?

Can you confirm if Haloperidol is ever prescribed in those under 16 years of age?

I am grateful for your help.
Yours faithfully,

Peter J Gordon

FOIRequests (NHS ORKNEY), Orkney NHS Board

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Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request from NHS Orkney.

Kind regards,

Jenna Johnston
Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer
NHS Orkney
Headquarters, Garden House, New Scapa Road,
Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BQ
Tel: 01856 888220
FOI Requests e-mail: [NHS Orkney request email]

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Thank you for your very helpful reply dated 5 Dec 2014.

Yours sincerely,
Peter J Gordon

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