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Patients urged to bring their medicines in when they come to hospital (1) - 02 February 2016

Patients urged to bring their medicines in when they come to hospital (1) - 02 February 2016

Toothbrush, specs…and medicines!

 

Musgrove Park Hospital is asking patients preparing to come in to A&E or for a planned operation to remember to bring their usual medicines with them.

Doctors and pharmacists at the hospital say it can make a vital difference to safety if they see which medicines a patient is using.  

And – with unused medicines costing the NHS around £3millon a year in Somerset – it saves duplication and an unnecessary waste of public money.

A snapshot check at Musgrove showed that while a third of patients had brought all their medicines with them, almost two thirds brought none or only some.

Jon Beard, chief pharmacist at Musgrove Park Hospital, said:

“Seeing the medicines you are taking gives us really important information about your health and any conditions, whatever the reason you are in hospital. 

 “This can affect the treatment we give you, and allows us to make sure that any medicines we prescribe while you are in hospital are compatible with those you’re already taking.”

Many people can find it hard to remember the exact names of the drugs they’re prescribed, and especially the dose – particularly if they have several different types. That is why it’s so important that people don’t leave any at home when coming in to hospital.

Families and carers are being asked for their support to “make sure the medicines come too!”