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Your local pharmacy may be able to help review the medicines the person you are caring for takes.

NHS Medicines Use Review

If the person you care for has been taking prescription medicines for some time you may want to ask questions about them. Their GP or practice nurse will probably review their medicines each year but they could also ask for a free NHS Medicines Use Review with the pharmacist. 

This is a free medicine check-up service, which is useful if the person you care for regularly takes several prescription medicines or is on medicines for a long-term illness. It is particularly useful to people who take medication for asthma, respiratory conditions, type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure but can be of benefit to anyone with multiple medicines.  

You can go with the person you care for if they agree to this. You will both be able to speak to the pharmacist in private about their medication, and whilst this can be done at any time you may want to pre-book an appointment. You should organise this with the pharmacy you get the medication from. 

The review is a chance to ask questions so you know what the medicines are for, when and how to take them, and to discuss any side effects. The pharmacist can also give you further information and advice and if appropriate (and with permission) speak to the GP to discuss problems.

The person you care for will need to sign a consent form to say that they are have happy to have the review.

You may also want to ask for a NHS Medicines Use Review if you regularly take several prescription medicines or if you taking medicines for a long-term illness.

This review is available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only

For more information and to check eligibility read our A Carers Guide to Managing Medicines on handling and giving medication.

NHS New Medicine Service (England only)

This free service for people living in England using medicines for the first time to treat specific conditions including asthma, type 2 diabetes, COPD or high blood pressure. It is a chance to ask the pharmacist anything about this medication.

You can go with the person you care for if they agree to this. You will both be able to speak to the pharmacist in private about the medication, usually at pre-booked appointment. 

There is also have a follow up appointment a few weeks later, which may be able to be done over the phone. Hopefully, there won't be any problems but this is an opportunity to discuss changes, new queries or just to double check things you’ve already been told.

The person you care for will need to sign a consent form to say that they are happy to have the review.

You may also want to ask for a NHS New Medicine Service if you are taking medication for the first time to treat asthma, type 2 diabetes, COPD or high blood pressure.

For more information and to check eligibility visit the Q&A about the New Medicine Service (NMS) on the NHS Choices site or read our A Carers Guide to Managing Medicines booklet (England) on handling and giving medication.

Discharge Medication Review (Wales only)

If you the person you care for has been in hospital and then discharged they may be offered a free Discharge Medication Review to make sure they know how to take their medication properly. 

If the review is for the person you care for you can go with them if they agree to this. You will both be able to speak to the pharmacist in private about their medication. Alternatively, the pharmacist can speak directly to you (the carer) if that is easier.

You can ask anything about the medication and make sure you know what the medicine is for and how it should be taken. This is a really good opportunity to ask about any changes the hospital made and a way to check everything has been updated. The person you care for will also be offered a follow up appointment to check their medicines are working out for them.

If you live in Wales ask your local pharmacy if the person you care for qualifies for a Discharge Medication Review.

If you have recently been discharged from hospital you may want to ask for a Discharge Medication Review for yourself.

Thanks to Well for helping us write this page.

Next review due: June 2017