Pharmacists appeal for local groups who want to learn about medicines

Practising pharmacists in the region are looking for pre-existing local groups across the east so they can come along and talk about healthcare and getting the most out of your medicines.

Up to half of all patients do not take their medicines as recommended. At least 6% of emergency hospital readmissions are caused by avoidable adverse reactions to medicines.

‘Let’s Talk About Medicines’ sessions are funded by the Eastern Patient Safety Collaborative to help support patients, carers and members of the public to be confident that they are using prescriptions and drugs properly and effectively.

Between 30-50% of medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended. This can mean they don’t work properly and can cost them for prescriptions that they may not need.

Dr Nikkie Umaru, Lead for Medication Safety in Older People Network at the Eastern AHSN, said: 

Given that NHS spending on medicines in England has grown by around 5 per cent in each of the last six years, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure patients know they are using medicines properly and that money is being spent wisely. 

If anyone runs any groups and would like to hear from a registered professional, please do get in touch! 

For more information, please email improvement@eahsn.org.  

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