Green Medicine Bags Scheme – Safer Use of Medicines and reducing waste
Surrey and Sussex
More than 200 community pharmacies across Surrey and Sussex now support the green bag scheme. Pharmacies provide the bags and information to patients about taking their medicines to hospital with them. Any pharmacy can participate, so if you have not already signed up, please get in touch – details below. As well as in community pharmacies, green bags are being promoted in many other health settings, such as the local Ambulance Trust, GP Out Of Hours, and Acute and Community NHS Trusts.
Pharmacies in the scheme are provided with a stock of green bags to give out to patients who they know are going in to hospital or who are likely to. Patients then use the green bags to take all their medicines in to hospital with them so that the hospital teams know exactly what medicines the patients are taking. This reduces risk and prevents missed doses. The green bags also help to reduce waste and prevent confusion when patients are discharged.
As well as in community pharmacies, green bags are being actively supported in many other health settings, such as the local Ambulance Trust, GP Out Of Hours, and Acute and Community NHS Trusts.
When to offer green bags:
Here are a few suggestions of opportunities to offer green bags:
- MURs or NMS
- Patients that may be admitted to hospital in an emergency e.g. with COPD
- Patients who tell you they are going into hospital for a planned procedure
- Patients you deliver to who are frail and elderly
- Care homes you supply
Green bag supplies
All the acute hospitals in Surrey and Sussex support the green bag scheme with funding for supplies of the bags and patient information. Working with the Pharmacy Local Professional Network, we are trying to establish a reliable supply route so pharmacies can easily re-order what they need. Currently Paydens, Kamsons and Day Lewis have agreed to hold stocks of bags and distribute them to their pharmacies.
Any other pharmacies pharmacy wanting to take part or needing to order more bags should e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries or problems contact:
Carina Livingstone at (07909 000283)
Read the evaluation report from the Green Bag Project