When medicines are not taken or used properly, it can lead to poor and worsening health and wellbeing. It’s a sad fact that medication harm accounts for 50% of the overall preventable harm in medical care.
In light of this, the Partnership has launched a campaign to help reduce medication harm across West Yorkshire. The campaign offers information and advice to help support patients and families to be actively involved in the safe use of medicines.
A dedicated page on the Partnership’s website offers information on medicines safety. This includes guidance on: taking medicines correctly; medicines compliance aids; medicines and hospitals; reporting adverse drug reactions; and fake medicines and medical devices.
Share the messages on social media using these suggested social media messages and the following social media graphics:
- West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Medicines Safety graphic
- Graphic to promote the 'Medicines compliance aids' podcast
- Graphic to promote the 'Me and My Medicines' podcast
- Graphic to promote the 'Taking medicines safely and correctly' podcast
- Graphic to promote the 'Structured medication reviews' podcast
Please use this medicines safety content for newsletters, particularly those aimed at GPs, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, to tell them about the campaign and how we are encouraging patients to talk to their healthcare professionals about their medicines.