The medicine waste team at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are setting out on a winter tour to prepare residents for Christmas.
The team will be reminding residents to only order the prescriptions they need when stocking up for the Christmas period, as well as raising awareness of the options when seeking medical advice, including asking their pharmacist and the NHS 111 service.
The tour will ‘pop-up’ in several venues in south Sefton, Southport and Formby over the coming weeks.
Head of medicines management for both CCGs, Susanne Lynch, said: “We wanted to get out there and speak to people about simple things they can do to prepare before the winter period. Examine Your Options is key as people often don’t realise that they can speak to their pharmacist or dial 111 for non-urgent medical help.
“Many people decide to stock up on prescriptions before the cold weather sets in and we are reminding people to only order what they need as medicine waste is a huge issue throughout the UK. In Sefton it is estimated that an incredible £2 million is lost each year through wasted medicines that could have otherwise been spent on health services for local residents.”
Sefton Council will be joining the CCGs on the winter tour highlighting their tips on how to stay warm this winter with complimentary room thermometers to ensure people’s homes are warm enough.
The first tour is confirmed for Wednesday 2 December 1.00 – 4.00pm at Waitrose in Formby and more venues and dates will be announced on the CCG website soon.
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