42 Kingsway Surgery win luxurious hamper
NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s medicine management team organised the competition with Medicine Waste UK to raise awareness about unused medicine being a serious and growing problem. To do this they encouraged GP practices and chemists to create an eye catching display using the ‘only order what you need’ materials and the winners were judged by the two CCGs.
Displaying lots of empty medicine boxes piled high in a homemade cabinet in their reception area, the winners, 42 Kingsway got patients talking and asking about medicine waste.
Medical receptionist at 42 Kingsway, Kerin Mangan, said: “We are delighted to have won the hamper, it’s a real honour and the team deserve it as they worked really hard putting it together. People have been asking about it whilst sitting in our waiting area and I do think it has worked to build awareness. It’s an added bonus that we have won the prize as the most important thing is that it grabbed people’s attention and got them asking questions.”
Head of medicines management for both CCGs, Susanne Lynch, said: “The competition was a chance to ask our practices and chemists in the area to raise awareness about the campaign. I can’t stress enough how important it is to only order what you need as unused prescription medicines cost the local NHS an estimated £2million each year. Well done to 42 Kingsway Surgery, their display was really creative and they were certainly worthy winners of the prize.”
The medicine management team have been out and about in the local community spreading the word about medicine waste, click here to read more about the campaign.