Get the best from medicines
We are helping patients with long-term conditions to take their medicines in the right way. This leads to improved health and reduces the amount of medicines that are wasted. Plenty of advice and support is available from community pharmacists in Lewisham for patients who are unsure about their medicines.
Pharmacists can answer all sorts of questions about dosage, how and when to take the medicines, and possible side effects. Patients are often not aware that they can talk to their pharmacist about these matters but we know that people are more likely to stick to their medicines routine if they have this kind of support from a healthcare professional.
Make an appointment for a medicines use review at your pharmacy
One of the services available in most community pharmacies in Lewisham is a free Medicines Use Review. This meeting happens in a private area of the pharmacy. By going through all of a patient’s medicines the pharmacist can check how well the person is getting on with them. The pharmacist will send a report of any suggestions for prescription changes to the patient’s doctor. Go into your usual pharmacy and ask about this service if you think it might help you.
Correct inhaler use
Do you suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Have a look at the demonstration videos below to remind yourself how to use your inhaler so that the medicine goes right into your lungs. Visit You Tube to view the Asthma UK How to use inhalers video
Top tips to get the best from your medicines
- Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering.
- If you are taking medicines for a long term illness, ask your pharmacist for a free Medicine Use Review (MUR) appointment.
- If you are prescribed a new medicine to treat a long-term condition, a pharmacist can support you over several weeks to use the medicine safely and to best effect through a free New Medicine Service (NMS).
- Medicines are prescribed for you only – it’s not safe to share them, or to take someone else’s medicine.
- If you go into hospital, take your medicines with you.
- Take any unused medicines back to the pharmacy for safe disposal – don’t put them down the toilet or in the bin.
- Don’t stockpile medicines: they could go out of date or be taken by a child
CCGs in south east London are working together and with provider trusts
and colleagues at NHS England and NHS Improvement to prepare for a no deal exit
from the EU - and making sure you have access to medicines you need.