Cricket Green Medical Practice

75-79 Miles Road, Mitcham

Merton

Clinical Commissioning Group

CGMP wins prize re wasted medicines!

It is estimated that in Merton over £1 million of NHS money is lost each year through medicines waste alone.​This could be spent instead on

33 more district nurses; or
270 more hip replacements; or
28 more community physiotherapists; or
23 more dementia nurses.​

With this in mind, NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group launched a poster campaign this summer to reduce the amount of wasted medication in the area by asking patients to:

order only what they need
return unwanted medicines to their pharmacy for safe disposal
take medicines with them when they go into hospital

Alongside the campaign, local GP surgeries were encouraged to create displays in their waiting rooms to raise awareness amongst patients, with a prize hamper on offer for the best display.

The winning display, chosen by a Merton CCG panel, was won by Cricket Green’s Patient Services Coordinator Lynn Ellwood!

Congratulations to Lynn.

If you feel you have medicines you don’t need or are not using any more discuss with your local pharmacist so they can ensure you are using and requesting the correct medicines.

For more information, please visit www.medicinewaste.com

This story is adapted from the news page of Merton CCG – Lynn’s picture and the display can be seen there!

Dr Simon Gilbert