Public urged to take a fresh look at the medicines they take

People across the Western Isles who take regular medication are being urged to take a fresh look at the medicines they take as part of a new campaign called ‘Let’s Talk Medicines’ to make sure they are getting the best possible care.

The campaign encourages people on repeat prescriptions to look again at the medicines they take and speak to their pharmacist or GP if they have any questions or concerns.

Dawn Tiernan, NHS Western Isles Chief Pharmacist, explained: “Many people may have been taking the same repeat prescription for a while and may be unsure how effective it is or even if the medicines are still required.

“We know many patients, especially those who are taking several different medicines, may be unsure why each medicine has been prescribed or how often they should be taking it. Others may experience side effects that they are worried about or have stopped taking certain medicines as they no longer think they need them but have never mentioned this to their pharmacist or GP. Whatever the issue we want people to know that it’s always ok to ask.”

Paula Harvey, a local pharmacist from Stirling who features in the new campaign, added: “Many people will ask their local pharmacist for advice about medicines bought over the counter like common treatments for colds and flu however they often don’t realise that they can also talk to their pharmacist about any prescription medication they are taking.

“Carers who pick up prescriptions for a member of their family can also get advice from their pharmacist if they have any questions or concerns or to make sure that the patient is taking their medicines correctly. This is particularly important for older patients who are taking several medicines as it’s easy to get confused about how often they should be taking each one.”

The new NHS campaign features posters which will be displayed in community pharmacies across Scotland and a six week press and radio advertising campaign.

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