Medicines Wastage

A new public campaign was launched on Tue 1 April 2014 to tackle Medicine Wastage in Southern Derbyshire.

In the East Midlands alone, around £30m worth of medicines are wasted every year. That money could pay for approximately 900 community nurses, 6,000 hip replacements, 42,000 cataract operations or 5,400 knee replacements. We’re urging our GPs to remind patients to only order the medicines they need, and asking them to display materials highlighting the problem of medicines waste.

You can help us by only ordering the repeat medication that you need and ensuring that there is no stock in your cupboards and informing your doctor or Pharmacy if you have stopped taking any medication.

NHS England has confirmed that despite the Government announcement (27 January) relating to face coverings no longer being mandatory in public places, the UK Health Security Agency’s Infection Prevention Control guidance remains in place in GP Surgeries.

This means that we will still require patients to wear face coverings (facemasks or face shields), to maintain social distance and use hand sanitiser to enter the practice building. As we are a higher risk environment, continuing these measures will help to ensure that we keep all our patients and staff safe. Please help us by wearing a mask or face covering when you visit our practice.

Thank you for your support.