Waste Medicines Campaign – ‘IF YOU DON’T NEED IT, DON’T ORDER IT’

Waste Medicines Campaign – ‘IF YOU DON’T NEED IT, DON’T ORDER IT’

The Vale of York CCG, along with the local Council of Representatives have worked to develop a campaign to raise awareness of waste medicines and the costs to the local health economy.

Astonishingly, wasted prescription medicines cost £1million every year in the Vale of York.

Based on average costs, that money could pay for an extra;

  • 1,176 days of care in an Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) for critically ill patients
  • 5,988 outpatient appointments with a Consultant
  • 1,960 days of treatment in a Special Care Baby Unit for seriously ill babies
  • 22,222 GP appointments
  • 333,000 blood tests
  • 52,631 days of medication for people with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 141 Coronary Artery Bypass Graft operations
  • 23 Community Nurses
  • 18,181 hearing tests
  • 666,500 inhalers for asthmatics
  • 23 midwives

Please remember; unused medicines cannot be recycled, even if they are unopened. Once medicines have left the pharmacy, they cannot be reused so ‘if you don’t need it – don’t order it’!

Please check your items at home and only ask for what you need and let us know if you no longer require an item.

This is ‘Our NHS – let’s take care of it!’