Open up about medicines is a campaign in which we focus on our patients as the people who can take responsibility for their medicines. The campaign encourages patients to ‘open up’ about their actual need for and use of prescription medicines when they talk to health professionals. We need people to ‘open up’ about their medicines to their GP, at their pharmacy and if they go into hospital. We believe that if we empower our patients to do this, professionals can improve medicines safety and that, in turn, we can reduce medicines waste in Milton Keynes.
Why Open up about medicines?
In the NHS we are aware that some patients don’t want to take all the medicines their doctors prescribe for them. Sometimes people continue ordering and collecting them because they worry about appearing not to take them and about telling a health care professional how they feel. Some people become confused by the number of medicines that are prescribed for them, the systems of ordering and collection at their chosen pharmacy and what to do when they need to go into hospital. This can lead to some medicines never being used and later being wasted.
At NHS Milton Keynes CCG we are committed to making sure that our patients get the best possible treatment. Preventing medicines waste is critical to this commitment and so we have developed the Open Up about Medicines campaign.
Open up to your GP
Tell your GP or the GP practice staff if there are medicines that are prescribed for you that you do not use
They can explain how to get your medicines reviewed
If there are medicines that don’t suit you, your GP may suggest others that could be better
Open up to your pharmacist
Make it clear to your pharmacy what medicines you need
Open your medicines bag before you leave the pharmacy. Hand back any medicines you don’t need
Medicines can not be reused once they’ve left the pharmacy
Open up while in hospital
Take all the medicines you are using into hospital with you
If you change wards while you’re in hospital make sure your medicines move with you
When you leave hospital be sure you know which medicines you need to take