Get the best from your medicines ​

The Get the best from your medicines campaign returns to Greenwich. We are helping patients with long-term conditions to take their medicines in the right way.

This leads to improved health and reduces the amount of medicines that are wasted. Plenty of advice and support is available from community pharmacists in Greenwich for patients who are unsure about their medicines.

Pharmacists can answer all sorts of questions about dosage, how and when to take the medicines, and possible side effects, says Sadhna Murphy, the CCG’s Head of Medicines Management. "Pharmacists can answer all sorts of questions about dosage, how and when to take the medicines, and possible side effects."

Sadhna Murphy, the CCG’s Joint Chief Pharmacist says "Patients are often not aware that they can talk to their pharmacist about these matters but we know that people are more likely to stick to their medicines routine if they have this kind of support from a healthcare professional."

You can make an appointment for a medicines use review at your pharmacy. One of the services available in most community pharmacies in Greenwich is a free Medicines Use Review. This meeting happens in a private area of the pharmacy. By going through all of a patient’s medicines the pharmacist can check how well the person is getting on with them. 

The pharmacist will send a report of any suggestions for prescription changes to the patient’s doctor. 

Go into your usual pharmacy and ask about this service if you think it might help you.

Correct inhaler use

Do you suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Have a look at the demonstration videos below to remind yourself how to use your inhaler so that the medicine goes right into your lungs.

Top tips to get the best from medicines 

  • Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering.
  • If you are taking medicines for a long term illness, ask your pharmacist for a free Medicine Use Review (MUR) appointment.
  • If you are prescribed a new medicine to treat a long-term condition, a pharmacist can support you over several weeks to use the medicine safely and to best effect through a free New Medicine Service (NMS).
  • Medicines are prescribed for you only – it’s not safe to share them, or to take someone else’s medicine. 
  • If you go into hospital, take your medicines with you.
  • Take any unused medicines back to the pharmacy for safe disposal – don’t put them down the toilet or in the bin. 
  • Don’t stockpile medicines: they could go out of date or be taken by a child.​