New Medicine Service
What is New Medicines Service (NMS) ?
The New Medicines Service is a free NHS service offered through Fourway Pharmacy. The aim behind NMS is to help you understand your condition and medicine, to ensure that you get the most out of any new medicines that are prescribed to you by a Doctor.
NMS targets patients who have been prescribed a new medication for the following conditions:
– Antiplatelet / Anticoagulant therapy – Conditions where patients are prescribed medicines that affect blood clotting, such as Warfarin
– Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – Conditions where patients have respiratory problems
– Hypertension – High Blood Pressure
If you have been newly prescribed a medicine for the conditions above, you may be eligible for this service.
How will this service help me ?
This service is designed to provide early support to patients to maximise the benefits of new medication that they have recently been prescribed.
A new medicine can lead to complications for patients, not only can they be unsure of why they are taking the medicine, they may also be taking it incorrectly, or at inappropriate times.
NMS aims to clarify this for Patients to ensure they understand not only how to take the new medicine, but why they are taking them. We are also here to answer any questions you may have regarding your new medicine, and to work with you to improve your health.
What do I need to do ?
The pharmacist will approach you when you are prescribed a new medicine that corresponds with the above conditions. You should also feel free to inform the pharmacy staff or pharmacist if you would like any information regarding your new medicine when it is prescribed to you for the first time.
1. If you are eligible for NMS the pharmacist will ask you to sign a consent form, to allow our pharmacist to share any information with your doctor. At this point you will also be given general information about your new medicine.
2. The pharmacist will arrange a follow up meeting/discussion for 1-2 weeks later, this can be done either in person, or over the telephone if you prefer, and could include the following questions –
‘How are you getting on with your new medication?’
‘Are you having an problems with your new medicine? Or concerned about taking it?’
‘Do you think your new medicine is working?’
‘Do you think you are getting any side effects, or unexpected effects from your new medication?’
This is to ensure that you are getting the most out of your new medicine.
3. The pharmacist will arrange a final meeting 1-2 weeks after your last discussion. This is to ensure that you have a good understanding of your new medication, you’re still taking it, and you arent having any adverse effects.
If you have been prescribed a new medicine, and wish to discuss it with our pharmacist pop into Fourway Pharmacy today !
This is an service.