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Make sense of your medicines during Talk about Medicines Week

Why do I take this medicine? For how long should I take this medicine? Do I need to take all of the tablets? These are just some of the questions that you will be able to ask at a free event next week.

Doctors, nurses and pharmacists from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and pharmacists from across the City will be available on Saturday 25 June (9am-4pm) in Nottingham’s Smithy Row to offer advice and support to people who have questions about their medications.

The event is open to everyone, and is part of NUH’s ‘Talk about Medicines Week’ designed to get patients, families, carers and staff talking more about medicines and how to use them safely and effectively.

Medicines are the most common form of treatment for patients attending hospital in Nottingham. The vast majority of patients receive at least one drug as part of their treatment. Yet half of patients prescribed a new medicine do not take it as instructed.

Dr Stephen Fowlie, Medical Director at NUH, said: “Most people have taken medicines at some time. We need to ensure that drugs are prescribed and taken correctly, so that each patient gets the greatest benefit at the lowest risk.

“Talk about Medicines week reminds us all that we can each make a difference, and we can start by improving what we know about our medicines and why we take them, or don’t take them.”

Alastair McLachlan, Corporate Medical Lead for NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group added: “The Talk about Medicines Week is a joint approach with our local hospitals, GPs and the community. Medicines are incredibly precious and to work properly they need to be taken correctly.

“The awareness week will offer the opportunity for patients and healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of each other. We want to make sure our patients get the most from their prescribed medicines.”

The event in Nottingham’s city centre is just one of a number of activities the Trust has planned for the week. Information stands will also be held every day from 27 June to 1 July (11am-3pm) at:

  • QMC: Trust Pharmacy, main entrance
  • City: Waiting area, outpatients clinic 4 and 5
  • Nottingham Treatment Centre: Main entrance

Published: 17 June 2016