Do you know your medicines? If medicines aren’t used properly, or if the wrong ones are used together, the results can be serious.
Each year more than 140,000 Australians have to go to hospital with problems caused by their medicine. It has been shown that in up to 69% of these cases the problem can be avoided. Older people are particularly at risk. Emslie’s offer Home Medication Reviews.
An HMR involves your GP and an accredited pharmacist of your choice. Your GP sets up the review by writing a referral to the pharmacist. A pharmacist conducts an interview, preferably in the comfort of your own home, and then writes a report back to the GP. The GP will discuss any recommendations with you and may make appropriate changes to your medication regimen. The solutions may involve:
HMRs are particularly useful for people who:
The pharmacist’s review and report is paid for by the Australian government, so it will not cost you anything. Your GP may 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 or your GP about organising one.