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Denmark Street Surgery
 Denmark Street Surgery

Denmark Street Surgery

Darlington
Co Durham
DL3 0PD
Tel: 01325 460731
Email:denmark.street@nhs.net
The Surgery will be Closed for staff training from 12:00pm - 6:00pm on Thursday 12th December 2019

Wasted Appointments

 

 

In the month of November 2019, 384 appointments were wasted due to patients failing to attend and not cancelling their appointments

  

Number Of Missed Appointments – 2018

 

Month

Missed Appointments

January 2019

 326

February 2019 

 274

March 2019 

 320

April 2019 

 352

May 2019

 324

June 2019

 298
July 2019  333
August 2019  332
September 2019  356
October 2019  399

 

                      

 

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Wasted medicines waste money

Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS across the UK over £300 million every year.

£300 million could pay for:

  • 80,906 MORE hip replacements*
  • 101,351 MORE knee replacements*
  • 19,799 MORE drug treatment courses for breast cancer*
  • 11,778 MORE community nurses*
  • 300,000 MORE drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's*

*Based on average costs

But there are ways you can help reduce the cost of wasted medicines! Remember, only order what you need and help us make more of your local NHS.

 

How Can You Help?

There are a number of ways that you can help to reduce the issue of wasted medicines and save money for your local NHS.

Only order the medicines that you need

  • Please let your GP or Pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines
  • Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering
  • Discuss your medication with your GP or Pharmacist on a regular basis
  • Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription forms and only tick those you really need
  • If you don’t need the medicine please 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 remember to take all your medicines with you in a clearly marked bag.
  • Please also remember that your medicines are prescribed only for you; it’s not safe to share them with anyone else.

Remember that unused medicines cannot be recycled

  • Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the Pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
  • Please bring your unused medicines to the Pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet

Unused medicines are a safety risk

  • Return out of date medicines to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal
  • If your medicines change - return your old medicines to the pharmacy for safe disposal to avoid mixing them up with your new medicines
  • Don't stockpile 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

 

To help us improve access to GP and Nurse appointments we would like to ask patients to kindly cancel any appointments that are not needed.

 

Many Thanks From Partners and Staff


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