It is very important to take prescription medications in a safe and effective manner.
If you have not been well, and have taken the time to see the doctor, and your doctor has prescribed medication for you, it makes sense to take it as it has been prescribed.
It is not uncommon for some people to collect their medications from the pharmacy and then go home and back to their normal routine, taking their medicine when they think to do so or only when the symptoms are bad.
It can also become confusing when you have more than one medication to take at particular times.
Often elderly people have several medications to take regularly and these older folks can become confused as to whether they have taken medication or not, leading to the unfortunate situation where they miss a dose or even accidentally overdose themselves.
Home Medicines Reviews are particularly useful for those people who have recently spent some time in hospital or those who do not always remember to take the medicine when they need to.
If you take more than five medicines a day and are confused about your medicines, you will benefit greatly from a HMR with your GP and Pharmacist.
Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy Offer Home Medication Reviews.
A Home Medicines review involves your GP and an accredited pharmacist of your choice.
Your GP will write a referral to your pharmacist.
Your pharmacist will arrange to conduct an interview with you and then send a report back to the GP.
Any recommendations or changes to your medication regime will be discussed with you by your GP.
Some solutions may involve:
Being shown how to take your medicines safely and correctly.
An explanation of why and when to take the medicines.
Instructions on where they should be stored.
Addressing issues that might arise when taking a particular medication and what would need to be reported to your GP.
Being aware of what to expect when taking your medication.
Ensuring that any prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and vitamins are appropriate to take together.
The clarification of any confusion with generic medicines.
Advice on how you can remember to take your medicines.
The pharmacist’s review and report is free, being paid for by the Australian Government.
Your GP may choose to bulk-bill or charge you for the GP consultations.
If you (or someone you care for) might benefit from having an HMR, talk to us at Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy about organising one.
Come in to the Pharmacy or of course you are most welcome to contact us on 08 9387 1803.