If you've just started a new medication we can help out..
We know it can be a bit confusing when you have started a new medication, particularly if you already take a number of pills. Thankfully, we offer the NHS 'New Medication Review' service at the pharmacy, free of charge, to help introduce you to your new medicines.
Who gets a New Medication Review?
Just about everyone who has been started on a new medication can arrange a new medication review with us. The idea is that you are taking the medication for the medium or long term and that a really good education up front helps you learn about the medicatio nand why it is important to take it as advised.
Which conditions are covered?
The following conditions are specifically covered:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Conditions which need blood-thinning medicines
How does it work?
1. We chat to you within two weeks of you starting your new medication to help explain how it works, any possible side effects, and what to do if you have any problems.
2. We arrange to speak to you again within a fortnight to make sure that you are happy with your medicine and to give you a chance to feedback any difficulties.
3. It's all confidential of course, but we feedback any issues to your GP so that all care is joined up and you get the very best follow-up medical care.
How long does each appointment last
Time varies, because you may have a range of questions and we are always happy to ensure that you have enough time to deal with queries, but on average a consultation lasts about ten or fifteen minutes. We have a confidential consulting room specially fitted out in the pharmacy to make sure that you feel comfortable and able to chat to us freely.