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Medicines Check Up Service
Studies have shown that half of us may not be taking our prescribed medicines correctly and could be putting our own health at risk without even realising it.**
Visit your local LloydsPharmacy store for a FREE Medicines Check Up, which involves a private consultation with our pharmacist to help you understand whether you are taking your medicines properly.
What is a Medicines Check Up?
It's a free, NHS-funded service that allows you to have a private, face-to-face conversation with our pharmacist about your medicines. It is different to an annual review with your doctor, as it focuses on increasing your knowledge of the medicines you take, why you take them and how you can take them more easily.
This service is helpful for you if you are taking multiple medicines, particularly for long term conditions. This usually includes asthma and other lung conditions (such as COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema), diabetes, high blood pressure, and conditions where the medicine controls the way your blood clots (anticoagulants or antiplatelet medication).
What happens during the Medicines Check Up?
The pharmacist will ask you a series of questions about the medicines you are taking. You will also have the opportunity to ask the pharmacist any questions that you may have. It might be worth noting down some questions before your appointment.
By the end of your Medicines Check Up you should:
- Know more about your medicines and what they do
- Have learnt the best way to take your medicines
- Fully understand how your medicines are working to benefit your health
You will be asked to give your consent that any information obtained during the Medicines Check Up Service may be shared with your GP, local health board or NHS Business Service.
How can the Medicines Check Up help?
A Medicines Check Up can benefit patients who take prescribed medicines everyday if:
- You are not sure how and when to take your medicines, i.e. before or after food, in the morning or evening
- You are not sure what your medicines do
- Your symptoms are not under control
- You are experiencing side effects
- You find it difficult to take or swallow your medicines
- You have difficulty removing your medicines from their packaging
- You have been on the same medicines for a long period of time
A Medicines Check Up is particularly important if:
- You have recently been in hospital and have had your medicine changed (in the last 8 weeks)
- You take medicines for breathing problems (such as asthma / COPD)
- You take water tablets
- You take medicines to thin your blood
- You take anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the Medicines Check Up take?Your appointment will usually take around 15 minutes, however your pharmacist will take as long as they need to answer any questions you may have.
Do I have to make an appointment?No, you can call into your local LloydsPharmacy at any time (normal opening hours apply).
Does this service cost anything?
No, this particular service is free.
What do I do next?Visit your local LloydsPharmacy and ask to chat about your medicines. IMPORTANT: It’s essential that you always take your medicine. If you’re unsure about anything, please speak to our pharmacist or a doctor for advice. Never simply stop your treatment as this could have negative effects.
We can help with your Repeat PrescriptionsIf you are prescribed repeat medication we can help to manage your prescriptions by ordering them directly with your GP on your behalf. It also means that your medication will be available when you need it. Collect your medication by signing up in store, or have it delivered for FREE via our online pharmacy.
**World Health Organisation, Medicines: Rational use of medicines, May 2010
*Internal data for LloydsPharmacy Medicine Use Review outcomes with 126,895 patients in England Apr-Jun 2015.