Keeping track of all the medications you are taking is important. Hear advice on how to manage medications while you are in hospital.
Medication, know what you’re taking – Get well soon
Louise - When I went into hospital I took my medication with me, but I was surprised when I was taken off some of the tablets I had been taking for years.
Keith - The doctor said your body changes as you get older and this can change the way medicine affects you, so sometimes stopping different medications can help you feel better.
Thelma - I guess the more medications you take, the more likely you are to have a problem or get bad side effects, which makes sense really.
John - I wasn’t too sure what the medicine I was being given in hospital was for and I’d never usually think to question the doctor or nurse, but now I know it’s important to always ask questions.
Peter - I asked them to tell me when they changed my medications so I could find out how much I should be taking and when.
Elaine - I also like to know why I need to take it and what side effects there might be, so I try to remember to ask the nurse that too.
Enetta / Thelma - I couldn’t quite recall the reason some of my of my tablets were changed when I came into hospital.
Keith - There was so much information to keep track of and I didn’t really understand it all straight away, so I asked the pharmacist to write it down for me.
Elaine - She told me to always keep an up-to-date list of my medicines with me, with everything from my prescription stuff to my vitamins and over-the-counter things.
Louise - Now I know that keeping track of all my medications is really important. It’s how I can make sure everyone in my healthcare team is on the same page when it comes to taking my medication.
Tag Line (spoken by Caroline) ‘Know what you’re taking – Get well soon’