What is the NHSScotland antimicrobial prescribing app?

This decision support app is the product of collaboration by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland, funded by the Office of the Chief Pharmacist in Scottish Government. It is a key deliverable within the national Roadmap for Clinical Decision Support, an integral part of NHSScotland eHealth Strategy.

The app provides:

  • Gentamicin dosage calculators (Greater Glasgow and Hartford versions) and a Vancomycin dosage calculator,
  • Primary Care Guidance on Management of Infections, from Public Health England. A content management tool enables Boards to customise guidance to reflect local treatment choices,
  • A decision aid to support appropriate antimicrobial prescribing for urinary tract infections in older people,
  • An audit tool to support Boards in gathering and submitting data for the current HEAT target prescribing indicator,
  • A content authoring tool to enable Boards to make their hospital guidance on antimicrobial prescribing available through the app.

Users have the option to download:

NHS Board-specific resources – when you select the Board you work for, you will download:

  • The Gentamicin calculator adopted by your Board
  • Vancomycin calculator plus
  • Primary care guidance with any localisation your Board has applied
  • Decision aid for urinary tract infections
  • HEAT audit tool
  • Secondary care guidance specific to your Board where this has been uploaded.

National template resources – this includes:

  • Greater Glasgow and Hartford Gentamicin calculators
  • Vancomycin calculator
  • National primary care guidance from Public Health England
  • Decision aid for urinary tract infections
  • HEAT audit tool. 


Why is this app important?

This mobile app is one of a portfolio of tools and approaches which the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) has developed to support safe and effective antimicrobial prescribing. Antimicrobial resistance poses a significant threat to public health. Effective management of this risk depends on optimising prescribing in routine practice in both primary and secondary care. SAPG supports NHSScotland practitioners to prescribe antibiotics according to the principles of antimicrobial stewardship; this means prescribing antibiotics only when they are needed (and not for self-limiting mild infections such as colds and most coughs, sinusitis, earache and sore throats) ensuring patients receive the most appropriate treatment when they do require an antibiotic and reviewing the continued need for them.


Related resources

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group - http://www.scottishmedicines.org.uk/SAPG/Scottish_Antimicrobial_Prescribing_Group__SAPG_

Educational resources on antimicrobial stewardship – http://www.scottishmedicines.org.uk/SAPG/Education




The calculators, guidance and tools within this app are based on current evidence and best practice, however they are intended to be applied alongside sound clinical judgement. As such, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group are not responsible or liable for any diagnosis or management decision made on the basis of the information provided via this app.

Use of this app within patient care settings should always be in accordance with local policies and guidance with regard to mobile device usage.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group are not responsible for the content of any external websites listed, nor do they endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on in any of these websites.

Individual NHS Boards are accountable for any content they upload to this app and any edits they make to content provided nationally.


MHRA Registration

NHS Education for Scotland confirms that this app is designed and manufactured to comply with the relevant Essential Requirements set out in the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC).