Campaign to bring patient’s medication to hospital

Staff with patient in ambulance

Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been working with the Trust to ensure that patients are bringing their medication when coming into hospital, to help get an accurate picture of a patient’s current drug history and to avoid missing any doses.

Wards and pharmacies do not carry every medicine as stock and this campaign will save on waste and will avoid patients’ confusion by duplicating supplies. Most patients are in hospital for a few days only and medicines can be used during their stay and returned at discharge, with any newly prescribed ones. Some inhalers can cost around £80 each and are thrown away after their hospital visit if not taken home.

This campaign is simply underlining what has become best practice across the country and we ask all of our staff and our healthcare partners to actively support and embed this practice throughout the NHS and in the wider community.

Campaign posters will be delivered to stations and stickers put in ambulances as a reminder soon.

Published 9th August 2014 


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