UTTOXETER patients have been doing their bit to help the NHS by returning hundreds of pounds-worth of unused medication.
Pharmacists at Balance Street Health Centre received the medication on Wedneday as part of an East Staffordshire Clincial Commissioning Group (CCG) campaign to reduce the £800,000 wasted every year on unused drugs.
Although the packages cannot be re-used and now have to be clinically incinerated, the CCG is confident the scheme has helped make patients think twice before ordering more medication than they need.
And the Balance Street centre’s head pharmacist, Tim Hames, was ‘delighted’ with the turn-out on Wednesday.
He said: “People in Uttoxeter have had a clear-out and we had quite a few through the door with bags full of unused medication.
“I know doctors from our surgery have also written to patients asking them to be careful when they re-order their prescriptions that they only get the drugs and amounts they need.
“Sometimes, people have their medication changed and have left over stuff in their medicine cabinets, and that’s unavoidable and inevitable.
“But there are undeniably some people who are constantly ordering and stocking up on medication just in case.
“We saw some people return 10 orders of the same drug they’ve been re-ordering every month without needing it.
“I think the message has got across and, in the months to come, I’m hopeful we’ll see a significant reduction in the amount of drugs being wasted in and around Uttoxeter.”