Andover town centre

A Hampshire GP will be making an important speech to local people about how to manage their medicine and medication in the 21st century.

The meeting will be particularly useful for people who take regular medication to control long term health conditions, carers and relatives of those on many different tablets and those who want to know more about how they can safely manage their medicines.

Prescriptions cost the NHS in West Hampshire around £86 million a year but research shows that up to 50% of medicines are not taken as intended and locally as much as £3 million is wasted each year.

Dr Emma Harris, Clinical Director for Medicines Optimisation at West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will be at Andover Guildhall on Tuesday 25 April at 6pm. Entry is free.

Dr Harris will be talking about:

Getting the most out of your medicines

How technology is changing the way we get our prescriptions

Why your local pharmacist plans a key role in your health care

Neil Hardy, the CCG’s Associate Director of Medicines Optimisation, said: “I would urge people to come along to learn more about managing their medicines and talk to us about their concerns.

Health News | Free Talk from GP in Andover Guildhall | Andover & Villages“Over 9 million prescriptions are dispensed in west Hampshire each year, the vast majority being for people with long term conditions. It is important that patients feel able to seek advice if they have any concerns regarding their medicines.”

“This talk is aims to give people simple, expert advice about the use of medicines – including antibiotics – in an age of the super bacteria.”

There will also be other experts available to answer any questions you have about medicines and the local services available.

The event is the first in a series of Health Talks hosted by the CCG during 2017 to share important news about local health and care across its area, which includes Andover, Winchester, Eastleigh, Romsey and the New Forest.

The talk is to take place on Tuesday 25th April 2016 at 6pm.

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