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Friday 27 November 2020
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Your Medicines Matter
A leaflet about the campaign for patients and visitors.

Hospitals across Greater Manchester remind patients to bring their medicines into hospital with them

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has joined colleagues across Greater Manchester to launch a campaign called ‘Your medicines matter’ to remind patients and carers to bring their medicines when they come into hospital for an appointment, are admitted or need to go to A&E.

 

The region’s hospitals are making the ‘Your medicines matter’ plea to improve safety and provide a better experience for patients. It is important to bring in medicines from home because you will:

 

  • help hospital staff decide on the best and safest treatment for you
  • continue taking medicines you recognise
  • reduce waste and the cost of hospitals reissuing medicines you already have
  • help reduce delays when it is time to go home.

 

If you cannot bring your medicines when you are first admitted, for example if you have come in as an emergency, relatives or carers will be asked to bring medicines in when they visit. By ‘medicines’, our hospitals mean anything you have bought from pharmacies or supermarkets and are taking or using, as well as medicines that have been prescribed for you - tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, inhalers, drops, injections and patches.

 

When you come into hospital, staff will check your medicines. If they are safe to use, they will be stored securely along with any other medicines you may need and will be used during your stay. When leaving hospital, staff will ensure you have at least a seven day supply of medicines to go home with.

 

Lindsay Harper, Director of Pharmacy, at Salford Royal, said, “By bringing your own medicines into hospital it allows us to get a quick and accurate picture of everything you are taking or using. This helps us to provide safe and appropriate care and also means your medicines are available to take from the start of your admission.”

 

As well as helping to improve safety, if more people could remember to bring medicines from home it would also reduce the cost of supplying duplicate medicines and reduce some of the region’s medicine waste. If levels of medicines waste in Greater Manchester match those seen across the country this could equate to £18.8m annually which, if saved, could be reinvested into providing front-line care for patients.

 


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is the body made up of the 37 NHS organisations and councils in the city region, which is overseeing devolution and taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget.The Partnership has a clear vision for it want to organise health and care services in Greater Manchester to improve them and make them sustainable for the future, which it set out in its five year plan, ‘Taking Charge’, in December 2015.


The Partnership exists to deliver the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the 2.8m people of Greater Manchester. The Partnership’s vision is:

  • To transform the health and social care system to help more people stay well and take better care of those who are ill
  • To align the health and  social care system to wider public services such as education, skills, work and housing
  • To create a financially  balanced and  sustainable system
  • To make sure services are clinically safe throughout


The devolution deal also provided a £450million Transformation Fund (over five years) for the Partnership to change how it does things in the longer term.