A new NHS initiative has already paid dividends for a Morpeth resident.
Following a discovery at Wellway Pharmacy, the patient was referred to her pharmacist for a review of her medicines by her GP as part of the My Medicines, My Health campaign.
Run by the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with other NHS organisations in the North East, it encourages people over the age of 60, who may be taking various medications, to keep them all together in one place.
When the woman visited her local pharmacy, she was found to have an inhaler which she had not been prescribed.
Sharon Williams, local pharmaceutical committee member and pharmacist at Wellway, said: “The lady in question may have picked up the wrong inhaler as various household members also use inhalers.
“This was clearly unintentional, but it could have resulted in the lady experiencing unnecessary side effects.
“She was asked to bring her medicines in for review as a direct result of My Medicines, My Health and it really does underline the importance of the campaign.”
The initiative introduces the idea of a green medicine bag as a key way of keeping medicines together in one easy place, whether they have been prescribed or otherwise, although any bag or container can be used.
Dr Graham Syers, prescribing lead for Northumberland CCG, said: “Also make sure your family members and carers know where your bag is so they can find it easily in an emergency.”
For more information about the campaign, visit www.mymedicinesmyhealth.org.uk