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Stock Hill Medical Centre
(Formerly Stock Hill Surgery)
Stock Hill Medical Centre
Stock Hill
Biggin Hill
TN16 3TJ

Phone: 01959 58 00 11

Wasted Medicines Waste Money


The NHS is urging everyone to join in the effort to reduce the amount of medicines that are wasted each year. On top of the £300 million lost due to medicine wastage (at least half of which is avoidable), the cost to your NHS of people not taking their medication properly and not getting the full benefits to their health is estimated at more than £500 Million PER YEAR.


One of the main areas of wastage is medicines on repeat prescriptions, which are ordered by patients but are then not used. Once medicines have been dispensed by the pharmacist they cannot be recycled and have to be thrown away, whether they have been opened or not.




At Stock Hill Medical Centre we would encourage patients to please review your prescriptions and only order what is really needed. If you are unsure about what you need, you can get advice from your pharmacist or prescribing doctor to review and discuss your medication requirements.


We are constantly looking at ways to deliver better and more efficient patient care. Unwanted or unused drugs in your home may mean you are not getting the full benefits of the medicines. Also, there may be a risk to your health if you are continuing to take medication which is no longer required, or which could cause a dangerous reaction if taken with other prescribed drugs.


In order to help reduce ongoing wastage, from December 2012 we will now be issuing any medications on repeat prescription for TWO MONTHS supply at a time only – this applies to ALL patients.



Unused medicines cannot be recycled

Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the pharmacy or dispensary they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else


Unused medicines are a safety risk

Return out of date or unused medicines to a pharmacy for safe disposal

If your medicines change return your old medicines to the pharmacy to avoid mixing them up with your new ones

Don’t stock pile medication, it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them

Store medicines in an appropriate place out of reach of children



Only order what you need

Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines

Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering

Regularly discuss your medication with your pharmacist or doctor

Think before ticking all of the boxes on your repeat prescription form & only tick those you really need

If you don’t need the medicine don’t order it! If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it

If you need to go into hospital, please take all of your medicines with you

Please remember your medicines are prescribed for you, it is not safe to share them




Did you know you can save money on

your prescription charges?


If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions it may be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – effectively a prescription ‘season ticket’. A PPC covers you for all of your own NHS prescriptions, including dental prescriptions, no matter how many items you need. However, this does not include other health costs, for example the provision of wigs & fabric supports which are only provided through the hospital service.


The current prescription charge is £7.65


There are two PPC options to choose from:


1.       A three month PPC costs £29.10 and will save you money if you need four or more items in the three months


2.       A 12 month PPC costs £104.00 and will save you money if you need more than 14 items in a year


How Much Can I Save?

If you need two items each month you can save around £80 with a 12 month PPC

If you need three items each month you can save around £170 with a 12 month PPC

If you need four items each month you can save around £260

with a 12 month PPC


Speak to your Pharmacist about how you can apply for a certificate


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