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Annual Report 2016 – 2017
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Tell Us About Your Medicines

Getting medicines Right newsletter

Getting Medicines Right

Please tell us about the medicines you are taking (or not taking), as this will help us to make sure you get the most benefit from them:

Please tell us about:

  • All of the medicines you are currently taking (or not taking)
  • Tell us if you forget or do not take any of your medicines
  • Any other medicines that you take, such as those bought in a pharmacy or supermarket
  • Tell us how you take or use your medicines, and whether you have any problems
  • Tell us if you use anything to help you remember to take your medicines (e.g. ‘blister packs’ or ‘monitored dosage systems’)

When you come into hospital please bring:

  • All of your medicines with you
  • Your latest repeat prescription slip (if you have one)
  • Any treatment cards or booklets you have been given with your medication (your anticoagulant / warfarin booklet, steroid card, lithium card etc)

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When you are in hospital:

  • Help us get a full and accurate medication history to ensure we get your medicines right during your stay
  • Ask to see your ward pharmacist or technician if you would like to know more about your medicines

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When you leave hospital:

  • Getting-Medicines-Right-greenWe will give you a supply of medication to take after your leave hospital, and will send an up to date list of your medicines to your doctor, to continue prescribing
  • You will be given an up to date list of your prescribed medication to give to your community pharmacist; this will make sure your pharmacist is aware of any changes made to your medication during your hospital stay
  • Ask your community pharmacist for a ‘medication use review’ if you want to know more about your medicines after you have left hospital

Questions you may wish to ask about your medicines:

  • What is the medicine for?
  • When and how should I take/use the medicine?
  • How long should I take the medicine for?
  • Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid while I’m taking the medicine?
  • How will I know if it is working?
  • What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • What should I do if I think I have side effects?
  • Are there any medicines I need to stop taking?
  • Who can I speak to if I need any further advice or help with my medicine/s?

Thank you for helping us to Get Your Medicines Right