Pharmacists offer one-on-one talks

A NEW pharmacy service has been launched in Calderdale this week which aims to reduce medicine waste and improve health.

The New Medicine Service will be provided free through community pharmacies across the country and offers consultations between pharmacists and patients about medication.

Patients will be offered three sessions with a pharmacist over a four-week period for those taking medicines for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, type two diabetes, high blood pressure or having blood-thinning medicines.

The sessions aim to provide support for patients and make sure they are taking medicine correctly.

Research has shown that after just 10 days of taking medicine, a third of patients were not taking it as intended and two thirds were having problems.

Community pharmacist Gill Hawksworth, West Yorkshire forum lead of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “Pharmacists are the experts in medicines available on every local high street.

“We see people who have difficulty swallowing tablets or experiencing side-effects from medicines on a daily basis.

“The New Medicine Service provides the ideal opportunity to nip these problems in the bud and build patients’ confidence in their medicines.”

Consultations will be two weeks apart.

Pharmacists will talk to patients about the medicine’s side-effects, how to fit the treatment around lifestyles as well as any problems with the medication.

These sessions must occur in a private consultation area, which around 85 per cent of pharmacies have.

Ask your local pharmacist to find out if they are participating in the New Medicine Service.