Blogpost: Remember to pack your medication when staying at PAH

General / Thu 19th Aug 2021 at 09:58am

AS part of a series of guest columns, staff at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital are writing a series of different articles on a variety of health-related issues.

First off is the chief pharmacist at PAH, John Biddulph

When you are packing your bag for an overnight stay in hospital, it can be a stressful time. At the top of your list may be clothes, toiletries, your mobile phone…but have you remembered to pack your medication?

It is important that you bring all of your prescribed medication, including inhalers and regular over-the-counter medication you take to the hospital with you. Our teams at the ward or department you are visiting will talk to you about your medication to ensure that we have an accurate list of your current medication and can review this as required.

We know that it is easy to keep taking medications out of habit. You may have been taking these medications for months, or years, and it could be that there is now a better option for you. If you feel that you are no longer benefiting from some of the medicines on your prescription, please speak to the team at the department you are visiting. They can discuss with you any adjustments in dosages or make a plan to stop taking some of your medication, which may involve further discussions with your GP.

Please remember that it is important that you follow the instructions given on the sticky label included on your medicines boxes carefully, taking the right dosage at the intervals shown.

At The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, we are committed to ensuring that medication is used effectively – this is known as ‘medicines optimisation’. If you need any advice while in hospital, please speak to the team who are caring for you. When you are at home, please contact your GP or community pharmacist for advice.

Best wishes

John Biddulph
Chief pharmacist
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT)

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