Studies have shown that half of us may not be taking our prescribed medicines correctly and could be putting our own health at risk without even realising it.**
A Medicines Check Up can help you to understand if you are taking your medicines properly and are getting the most from them. During a private consultation with our pharmacist you can talk about any queries you may have.
What is a Medicines Check Up?
It’s a free, NHS-funded service that allows you to have a private, face-to-face conversation with our pharmacist about your medicines. It is different to your annual review with your doctor as it focuses on increasing your knowledge of the medicines you take and why you take them, and it helps you to take them more easily.
Who is this service for?
The Medicines Check Up Service is available to those:
- Living in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Isle of Man
- Taking 2 or more medicines
- Who have had their prescriptions dispensed by the same pharmacy for at least 3 months
- Who have not had a medicines check up in the last 12 months or spoken to us about a new medicine in the last 6 months (unless your medication has significantly changed). Check with your pharmacy team if you are unsure.
If you don’t fall into these categories, you can still talk to one of our pharmacists about any medicine you are taking.
What happens during the Medicines Check Up?
The pharmacist will ask you a series of questions about the medicines you are taking. You will have the chance to ask the pharmacist any questions you have about your medicines. It might be worth noting down any questions you have before your appointment.
By the end of your Medicines Check Up you should:
- Know more about your medicines and what they do
- Understand the best way to take your medicines
- Understand how your medicines are now working to benefit your health
You will be asked to give your consent that any information obtained during the Medicines Check Up Service may be shared with your GP, local health board or NHS Business Service.
How can the Medicines Check Up help?
A Medicines Check Up can benefit patients who take prescribed medicines everyday if:
- You are not sure how and when to take your medicines, i.e. before or after food, in the morning or evening
- You are not sure what your medicines do
- Your symptoms are not under control
- You are experiencing side effects
- You find it difficult to take or swallow your medicines
- You have difficulty removing your medicines from their packaging
- You have been on the same medicines for a long period of time
A Medicines Check Up is particularly important if:
- You have recently been in hospital and have had your medicine changed (in the last 8 weeks)
- You take medicines for breathing problems (such as asthma / COPD)
- You take water tablets
- You take medicines to thin your blood
- You take anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen
Contact you local Pillbox Chemist to get your medicines check up