Your local pharmacist is trained to provide you with advice and guidance on a range of general health issues, such as:
- coughs and colds
- aches and pains
- emergency contraception
Many pharmacists are open late, and you don't need an appointment.
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NWS CCG Medicines Optimisation Team
Medicines Optimisation team is a dedicated group of pharmacists and pharmacy
technicians working towards the common goal of improving the use of medicines
across North West Surrey. Our aim is to
ensure that patients within our local area get the medicines they need to
achieve the greatest health outcomes for both the individual and the local
community within the resources available.
We use our
experience and knowledge of medicines to ensure medicines use is as safe as
possible. We constantly review new
evidence and guidelines so that everyone can obtain the best outcomes from the
medicines that they take. By working
closely with all members of local GP practices, we promote effective
prescribing to prevent, as well as treat, disease to keep our local population
healthy in future years. We help patients
with long-term conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, to use their
medicines effectively to reduce disease progression and keep them healthier and
more independent for longer. Our monthly
newsletter “Medicines Management Matters” is circulated to all GP practices and
keeps everyone updated on current news about medicines.
We review new
drugs that come on to the market and ensure that drugs that have been appraised
by NICE are made available to those who will benefit most from them.
working to tackle the issue of wasted medicines which has been estimated to
cost the NHS £300 million each year of which £150 million is avoidable.
We work with
other local organisations including community pharmacies, Ashford and St Peters Hospital, borough councils and community
health services to pro-actively deliver a quality service and help patients
make the best use of their medicines.
Did you know?
- If you have any unused medicines
at home, you should take them to your local community pharmacy for
- If you have any queries or
difficulties with your medicines you should talk to a health professional
such as GP, nurse or community pharmacist
prescribing decisions are available to view on the Prescribing Advisory Database
the most of your medicines
You can contact
the Medicines Optimisation team by ringing
01372 232400 or emailing us on email@example.com