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:
- Find out more about your condition(s) and medicine(s)
- Tell a health professional how you feel about your treatment
- 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?