Pharmacists in Donegal are calling on people to pay close attention to their medication ahead of the Christmas season.
The Pharmacy team in Letterkenny University Hospital are reminding the public to ‘Know, Check, Ask’ when it comes to managing their medication.
They are asking the public to:
- Know your medicines and keep a list, bringing it to appointments and if admitted to hospital
- Check that you are using the right medicine the right way
- Ask your healthcare professional if you’re unsure
Commenting Colm Devine, Chief Pharmacist at Letterkenny University Hospital said, “We all have a role to play in ensuring medication safety. It is important that anyone taking medication checks to ensure that they are using it in the right way and if they are unsure, they should ask a health professional.
“It is also really important that people keep a list of their medications and if they are admitted to hospital that they bring it with them. It helps us help you, by ensuring you continue to receive all medications you are on. Patients should check with their pharmacist or doctor if they have any questions about their medication.
“As we approach the Christmas period, it is also important that people ensure that they have filled their prescriptions to ensure they have the medications they need.”
Chief Pharmacist, Colm Devine has this medication safety advice for patients: