Medication Reviews

Medschecks

MedsCheck offers one-on-one time with our pharmacist, in the  pharmacy, to review and discuss the best ways to manage and get the most out of your medicines.

A MedsCheck will:

  • Give you a better understanding of your medicines
  • Make you feel more confident that you are taking the right medicines at the right time
  • Ensure that your medicines are working for you
  • Provide you with a documented “Action Plan”

 

This service is funded by the Australian government, if eligible there is no cost to the consumer. 
If you take prescription medicines, or have had a recent significant medical event ask the staff at Dixons Pharmacy if a MedsCheck is right for you.

 

Would you benefit from a MedsCheck?:

  • Have you recently been discharged from Hospital?
  • Are you taking several medicines? (including supermarket or herbal medicines)
  • Have you had recent changes to your medicines?
  • Do your medicines need monitoring? (eg: blood thinning medications)
  • Do any of your medicines make you feel unwell?
  • Do you use devices to assist with medication management such as monitoring blood glucose or nebuliser?
  • Do you attend more than one doctor including general practitioners and specialists?
  • Are you sometimes unsure about which medicines you should be taking?
  • Would you like to be more confident about understanding your medicines?

 

If you have ticked one or more of the above boxes, you may benefit from a MedsCheck.

Diabetes Medschecks

Diabetes MedsCheck is a MedsCheck for Diabetics and offers one-on-one time with our pharmacist, in the pharmacy, to review and discuss the best ways to manage and get the most out of your medicines.

A Diabetes MedsCheck will:

  • Give you a better understanding of your medicines
  • Make you feel more confident that you are taking the right medicines at the right time
  • Ensure that your medicines are working for you
  • Provide you with a documented “Action Plan”

 

This service is funded by the Australian government, if eligible there is no cost to the consumer. 
If you take prescription medicines, or have had a recent significant medical event ask the staff at Dixons Pharmacy if a Diabetes MedsCheck is right for you.

Would you benefit from a Diabetes MedsCheck?:

  • Have you recently been discharged from Hospital?
  • Are you taking several medicines? (including supermarket or herbal medicines)
  • Have you had recent changes to your medicines?
  • Do your medicines need monitoring? (eg: blood thinning medications)
  • Do any of your medicines make you feel unwell?
  • Do you use devices to assist with medication management such as monitoring blood glucose or nebuliser?
  • Do you attend more than one doctor including general practitioners and specialists?
  • Are you sometimes unsure about which medicines you should be taking?
  • Would you like to be more confident about understanding your medicines?

 

If you have ticked one or more of the above boxes, you may benefit from a Diabetes MedsCheck.

Home Medication Reviews (HMR’s)

Every year, up to 210,000 Australians are admitted to hospital due to medication problems. At least 50% of these admissions could be avoided by better medication management.
A Home Medicines Review (HMR) helps you understand your medicines and stay out of hospital.

A HMR is a free health service funded by the Commonwealth Government. It involves a pharmacist visiting you at home and reviewing all your medicines.  The pharmacist then works together with your doctor to develop a plan to manage and record the medicines you take.
By working together with you, your doctor and pharmacist can identify any medication problems and make sure your medicines are:

  • The best treatment option for you
  • Suitable and safe to take together; and
  • Taken correctly.

 

A HMR will help you better manage your medicines.  It will help:

  • Increase your knowledge about your medicines;
  • Increase your confidence in using your medicines;
  • Reduce your risk of an avoidable trip to hospital.

 

Would you benefit from a Home Medication Review?

  • Have you recently been discharged from Hospital?
  • Are you taking several medicines? (including supermarket or herbal medicines)
  • Have you had recent changes to your medicines?
  • Do your medicines need monitoring? (eg: blood thinning medications)
  • Do any of your medicines make you feel unwell?
  • Do you use devices to assist with medication management such as monitoring blood glucose or nebuliser?
  • Do you attend more than one doctor including general practitioners and specialists?
  • Are you sometimes unsure about which medicines you should be taking?
  • Would you like to be more confident about understanding your medicines?

 

If you have ticked one or more of the above boxes, you may benefit form a Home Medication Review.

Patient Medication Profile

Patient Medication Profile (PMP) is a written summary of all the medicines you take regularly, including over-the-counter and complementary medicines.  Your PMP can assist you to understand and manage your medicines by informing you how, why and when to take your medicine.

The benefits of a PMP:

  • Helps you better manage your medicines;
  • Reduces the change of experiencing any unexpected side effects from  your medicines; and
  • Ensures that all members of your health care team know what medicines you are on, especially over the counter and other medicines they may not be aware of.

 

Your PMP is more than just a printed list. A PMP has  specific information about each of your medicines and may include pictures to help you know which medicines you are taking.

You may find a PMP useful if you:

  • Want an easy to keep record of what each of your medicines are;
  • Would like to better understand your medicines;
  • Take a lot of medicines;
  • Would like to give your doctor a list of all your medicines
  • Travel regularly;
  • See more than one health professional; and/or
  • Are going into hospital

 

If any of the above sounds like you, why not request a PMP?  Its easy and could improve your understanding of your medicines and avoid a medicine mix-up.

Ask the staff at Dixons Pharmacy about a PMP.

Consumer Medicines Information

Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflets are provided free of charge when you receive your medicine.  They provide useful information about the medicine you have been prescribed.

A CMI includes:

  • The name of the medicine;
  • What the medicine is for and how it works;
  • How to use the medicine properly;
  • If there are any possible side effects; and
  • Other information about which you should be aware.

 

Benefits of a CMI:

  • Helps you to better understand your medicines;
  • Helps you to identify if you are experiencing any side effects from your medicines; and
  • Helps you to know what to expect from your medicine.

Our pharmacists can also tell you if your new medicine will impact on any other medicines you are taking, including those you buy over the counter, without a prescription.