The staff at Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre are working with Somerset Primary
Care Trust to try to reduce the waste of medicines. We would like everyone in the
community to help play their part. Every pound spent on medicines which are not
taken is a pound less which is available to provide NHS treatment for you, your
family and friends.
Did you know?
• It is estimated at least 10% of prescribed medicines are wasted
• Once collected from the Pharmacy, medicines cannot be recycled
• Doctors don’t mind if you decide, for whatever reason, you don’t want to take a
medicine; they would far rather know and not issue unwanted medication that
ends up wasted
• Medicines should be returned to a Pharmacy for safe destruction if no longer
• This destruction involves incineration and the NHS also has to pay for this so
adding to the bill for waste.
What can you do to help?
• Tell your doctor if you do not want to take a medicine any longer (or please fill
in and return the slip to indicate any medication on your repeat slip which you
no longer require)
• Don’t hoard or order more medication than you need. If you do have a surplus
of some medicines, please use them up before ordering more
• Ask your Pharmacist for advice
• Take any unwanted medicines back to the Pharmacy for disposal
28 Day Prescribing
To help minimize waste we will shortly be moving to 28 Day Prescribing for the majority of patients at our Practice. This means that if you are being prescribed a “repeat medication” your Doctor will now start to prescribe enough of each medicine
to last you 28 days. For example, if you are taking 2 tablets a day you will receive
56 tablets, 3 tablets a day 84 tablets, 4 tablets a day 112 tablets, etc. There are some drugs which are packaged in 3 monthly amounts and will continue to be dispensed in these packs, eg Contraceptive Pills and HRT.
Your prescription should last at least 28 days. If you are collecting routine medication more often than this or if you are running out of some medication or have too much of other items please tell the Practice by ringing our Prescription Line on
Hopefully by working together, we can start to reduce wasted medication locally
and help ensure that more of the NHS’s money is spent to improve health care.