Introducing the Green Medicine Bag
If you are over 65 and have long-term health conditions, you probably take a lot of different medicines, both prescribed and otherwise. We understand that keeping up with them as they often change, especially when you visit the doctor, have a hospital admission or even visit the pharmacy, can sometimes be challenging.
To help you keep all your medicines together in one place and keep on top of what medicines you are actually taking, we are now encouraging all patients over 65 in the region to use a Green Medicine Bag, or simply one bag or a container. This means you will be able to keep all of your medicines, including any herbal remedies and non-prescription medicines in one, easy to locate place.
Get into the habit of using a bag like the Green Medicine Bag
We can tell a lot about you by seeing the medicines you are actually taking, including any you may buy from a supermarket/pharmacy/herbal shop and take regularly. This helps us understand how to treat you and make sure you are getting the most out of your medicine.
Get into the habit of using a bag like the Green Medicine Bag. Tell family members and anyone who cares for you where you keep it, so it can easily be found in an emergency.
Your Green Medicine Bag will help us to help you
If you have to go into hospital (on a routine appointment or in an emergency) or if your GP or pharmacist is reviewing your medication or how you use it, make sure your Green Medicine Bag goes with you.
We’ll be able to take care of you more quickly if we can see what medicines you’re taking.
“When I took my Green Bag into hospital it made it so much quicker and easier to get the treatment I needed.”–PATIENT