Wastage currently costs the NHS about £300 million each year, which could be used to fund other health services. Everyone has a part to play in reducing the level of wastage and a number of recommendations have been made to GPs such as encouraging them to spend more time with patients discussing their medicine and to prescribe more efficiently using the Repeat Dispensing System.
The independent health and adult social care watchdog (B&H LINk) urges patients who take medicine to:
- Only order what you need
- Arrange a discussion with your pharmacist about your medicine (Medicine Check Up/Medicine Use Review) which is free and only takes about 20 minutes.
- Check what you have at home before re-ordering more medicine
- If you have stopped taking your medicine, let your GP know
- If you go into hospital, remember to take all your medicine with you
- Always take medicine back to a pharmacy for safe disposal
The LINk has also produced some useful information for patients on the MCU and Tips and Tricks to help patients remember to take their medicine. If you would like any of these leaflets please contact the LINk office on 01273 810 235 or see the LINk website.