Structured Medication Review

WHAT IS A STRUCTURED MEDICATION REVIEW?

A structured medication review is a meeting to discuss your medicines with a healthcare professional and is an opportunity to check that your medicines are the best ones for you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about your medicines.

WHY HAVE I BEEN INVITED?

We feel like you are likely to benefit from this as you are either on a lot of different medications or because your circumstances may have changed since your medications were last formally reviewed.

WHAT IF I HAVE NOT BEEN INVITED?

If you feel that you would benefit from a structured medication review then please contact the surgery who will liaise with the pharmacy team.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING A STRUCTURED MEDICATION REVIEW

You will have the opportunity to:

  1. Find out more about your condition(s) and medicine(s)
  2. Tell a health professional how you feel about your treatment
  3. Ask if you are taking the most appropriate medicines for your illness and how best to take your medicines.

Before your appointment think about any questions, concerns and suggestions you have about your medicines and write them down to bring with you. Please ensure that you have information about any medication that you take that has not been prescribed by the surgery, for example anything you have been given by a hospital or purchase over the counter including any herbal remedies.

If there is someone who helps you manage your medicine, such as a family member, it may be helpful for them to be present.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A MEDICATION REVIEW?

The medicines you are prescribed may change; but only with your agreement and if necessary the agreement of your GP. A summary of the meeting will be entered into your medical record. You can agree any future treatment requirements, (tests, referrals to other health professionals etc.) and if required a follow up will be agreed at the end of the review.

HOW WILL I GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS APPOINTMENT

Before attending for review please consider:

  • What matters most to you about your medications?
  • Do you know why you’ve been asked to take each of your medications?
  • Are you having any problems taking your medication?
  • Do you have any questions or concerns that you would like to raise?

NHS COVID-19 Vaccination – Latest Information

We know lots of people are eager to get protected but we are asking you NOT TO CONTACT US to get an appointment for the Coronavirus vaccination as you will not be able to get one until you have been contacted.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the telephone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system. This may happen at different times for different surgeries. Please do not worry, we know who is due a vaccine and in what order.

The link below should answer any questions you may have. Unfortunately, we will not be able to discuss with individual patients other than to advise whether previous allergies are significant.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Please note the vaccine is free of charge and therefore, would NEVER ask for your card details. Please be aware there are currently scam texts circulating. See the link for more information;

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/scam-text-about-covid-19-vaccine

Following extensive trials, two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines (Pfzier-BioNTech & Oxford-AstraZeneca) have now been approved for use in the UK and are available to priority groups.

Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The vaccinations may take place at your GP practice or at a local vaccination centre (Derby Arena) led by GP’s Practice Nurses and community pharmacists who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and co-operation during these difficult times. Please rest assured that we are working as fast as we can to bring you this vaccine.