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Nowadays there are more and more medications that people are taking Your hospital, with Dr Nicki Murdock

When admitted to hospital we take a history of the medications you are taking, including over the counter and herbal medicines.

These medications all work together and we need to know everything you take so we can make the right decisions about treatment.

It is really helpful to staff to have an up to date list in your wallet or purse at all times, so that we can be sure we get it right.

If you are ill we may not be able to ask you, you may be unconscious and that means you risk us not knowing what you are on.

During your time in hospital your medications may be changed.

If some are stopped we will offer to keep the medications you aren’t taking any more.  We will dispose of them for you.

We do this for two reasons. Firstly we don’t want you to take them by mistake. Secondly we will dispose of them safely, reducing the risk to you, your family and the environment.

If you need to get rid of medications from home then take them along to a pharmacist, please don’t flush them or put them in the rubbish.  These are powerful drugs we don’t want in our environment.

Whether you are a public or private patient if we give you a script for medications it will cost the same in hospital as it would cost in a community pharmacy.  So that is $5.30 for concessional patients or $32.90 for the general patients.

If you are not sure what you are taking ask your GP to give you a list at your next visit.

 

 

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