Medicines Formulary

Check our Medicines Formularies to see the medicines that are approved for use at the Trust.


For full details about which medicines we use when treating adults, see the South East London Joint Medicines Formulary. The formulary regulates and outlines the medicines and cross-site guidelines that are available at the three Acute Trusts of South East London:

This is also shared with the South East London Integrated Care Board (ICB) which is made up of six boroughs (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich). The formulary is used alongside other resources, such as the British National Formulary, product summaries, and prescribing guidelines, to ensure the safe and appropriate prescribing of medicines.


The Paediatric Formulary gives guidance on the use of medicines approved for use when treating children. See it via:

The Paediatric Formulary is intended for rapid reference and cannot always contain all the information necessary for prescribing, dispensing, or administration. It should be supplemented as necessary with specialist publications and manufacturers’ Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC).

How medicines are approved

Medicines recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and NHS Specialised Services are automatically added to the formulary.

Proposals to include other medicines require a consultant to make an application to the formulary. This application will either be considered at the Joint Formulary Committee (JFC) or the South East London Integrated Medicines Optimisation Committee (SEL IMOC).

  • If the medicine is only for use in the Acute Trusts, this will be reviewed by the JFC. The JFC meets quarterly and its members include consultants, pharmacists and nurses from the three Acute Trusts.
  • If the medicine is also for GP prescribing or is commissioned by the ICB, this will be reviewed by SEL IMOC. The SEL IMOC meets monthly and its members include consultants and pharmacists from the Acute Trusts, as well as GPs and pharmacists from the ICB.

More information

If you have a question about the Medicines Formulary or the Paediatric Formulary, email

For further information about individual medicines and the conditions they treat, see the electronic Medicines Compendium.