Can doctors and dentists supply or administer medications under Patient Group Directions (PGDs) or Written Instructions?


Only the registered healthcare professionals listed in the PGD legislation can supply or administer medications under a PGD.  Neither can they administer medicines under a Written Instruction used for Occupational Health Services (OHS).

Doctors and dentists can legally prescribe and subsequently administer the medicine they have prescribed.  They can also administer a medicine prescribed by another prescriber.

For peer to peer ‘flu vaccinations doctors and dentists may vaccinate their peers either by prescribing and administering the vaccine or administering under the prescription of another prescriber – the process to be followed is for local agreement following governance considerations.  Where a doctor or dentist is prescribing and administering a flu vaccine and are not a specialist in occupational health they should act within the same framework as other peer to peer vaccinators.  They should complete the same training/declare themselves as competent and use the PGD or WI as guidance (i.e. inclusion/exclusion criteria) and refer to an OHS specialist any person falling outside the inclusion criteria/who are excluded as any other peer to peer vaccinator would be expected to.