Over the six years since the introduction of clozapine to the UK, the number of people prescribed this medication and living in the community has steadily increased. Coordination of blood monitoring and dispensing of clozapine to people dispersed throughout a district can be problematic. In Newcastle-upon-Tyne a steering group of healthcare professionals was established to address this situation. The outcome was the establishment of the Newcastle Clozapine Clinic. This paper describes the development of this service, which has improved administrative efficiency and given the opportunity to develop associated new services for people in the city with enduring mental health problems.
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