Cornerstone SurgeryCornerstone Surgery Drs Consiglio & SuttonDrs Consiglio & Sutton
Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040  |  Fax: 01744 454624
Fingerpost Park Health Centre,
Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040
Fax: 01744 454624

Wasted medicines

The Department of Health estimates that unused medicines cost the NHS approximately £300 million every year, this money could be spent on additional doctors & nurses, or increasing & improving services.

It is estimated that £110 millions worth of unused medicines are returned to pharmacies every year, and £90 millions worth of medicines are left in peoples homes

Did you know?

Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the Pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else

This means that any you return are destroyed

You can help

  • Only order what you need - Check what medicines you still have before you re-order your prescription
  • Finish any course of antibiotics that you may be prescribed, even if you start to feel better
  • Don't stockpile medicines:
    • They can go out of date and may be harmful if they do
    • Taking medicines that the doctors think you do not use anymore can be very dangerous
  • If your pharmacy orders your prescriptions for you, they should ask you before they order to check that you do actually need every item
    If your pharmacy is not regularly checking what medicines you need before ordering them, please let the Practice know

Last update - 14/10/16