In celebration of World Pharmacists Day today, Friday 25 September, the pharmacy and medicines management team at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) is inviting patients to ‘Talk about your medicines’.
This year is the 10th World Pharmacists Day, which has the theme ‘transforming global health’. Pharmacists are specifically trained as medication experts, helping patients use their medication correctly and maximise benefit from them. World Pharmacists Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the role of the pharmacist and the contribution that the whole pharmacy team makes to patient care.
Matt Kaye, Chief Pharmacist at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said “It is really important that patients give us as much information as possible about their medicines, including those bought in a pharmacy or supermarket. We also need to know if patients are having any problems taking their medicines or if they forget or do not take any of them, for whatever reason.”
To help us get medicines right we are asking patients to talk about their medicines and provide as much up to date information as possible about their medication.
Patients are urged to bring their medicines into hospital with them, as well as a copy of their latest GP repeat prescription slip, plus any treatment cards or booklets they have been given with their medication. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, NDHT has made arrangements for patient’s own medicines to be stored safely and to be returned, or to be administered where appropriate during any hospital stays, so please remember to bring your medication in with you, wherever possible.
In addition to bringing medicines into hospital we encourage patients to speak to staff about how they take and use their medicines. This will help staff to provide advice and support to help patients get the most from their medicines, to improve their quality of life whilst minimising waste of this precious NHS resource.
At NDHT we have a fantastic team of pharmacists and technicians who are pleased to give advice and help patients make the most of their medicines – so don’t forget to talk about your medicines”.
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