South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the recently-launched campaign, ‘My Medicines, My Health’.
Targeting patients across Teesside and North Yorkshire who have long term medical conditions, ‘My Medicines, My Health’ urges people to value the medicine they have been prescribed for their health condition by keeping them safe together in one place and in one bag – and take them with them for key medical appointments such as visits to hospital.
The campaign introduces the idea of a green medicine bag as a key way of doing this – although any bag or container would do as long as medicines are kept together in one easy place.
Adrienne Stark, deputy director of pharmacy at the trust, explained the campaign was to help people who might have several long term health issues, therefore taking several medicines at once.
Mrs Stark said: “We all want to stay healthy so we can carry on doing the things we enjoy in life. To stay healthy, it’s important that you take all your medicines in the right way and at the right time.
“If you have long-term health conditions, you probably take a lot of different medicines, both prescribed and otherwise. We understand that keeping up with them as they often change, especially when you visit the doctor, have a hospital admission or even visit the pharmacy, can sometimes be challenging.
“To help you keep all your medicines together in one place and keep on top of what medicines you are actually taking, we are now encouraging all patients in the region to use a green medicine bag, or simply one bag or a container – and keep them safe in one place.”
“We can tell a lot about you by seeing the medicines you are actually taking, including any you may buy from a supermarket, pharmacy or herbal shop and take regularly. This helps us understand how to treat you and make sure you are getting the most out of your medicine.
“Get into the habit of using a bag like the green medicine bag. Tell family members and anyone who cares for you where you keep it, so it can easily be found in an emergency.”
‘My Medicines, My Health’ campaign has been funded by the 12 North East clinical commissioning groups and supported by all the NHS organisations in the region.
The campaign is also currently being aired and viewed on regional TV adverts, radio, social media, and in shopping centres.
Find out more at: www.mymedicinesmyhealth.org.uk and on Twitter @NHSmymedicines.