GPs are urged to appoint a locum or practice partner to prescribe methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone to their authorised patients in their absence and to ensure that BOPAS, locum/practice partner and other practice staff are informed of this.
The BOPAS OST, Addiction Liaison Clinician is also available to support the locum/practice partner.
Should the GP plan to be away for longer than three months he/she needs to contact the Addiction Liaison Clinician so that BOPAS OSt service can arrange authorization(s) for the locum or a practice partner (as required by Medsafe) and provide training and extra support.
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