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!’