Good medicine in your own home

Pharmacist Steve Garzoliniu (left) chats to Vinnie and Betty McDermott about their medications in the comfort of their own home.

It was very reassuring and a great service, said Ballinas Betty McDermott, who recently received a home visit from pharmacist Steve Garzolini as part of the Northern Rivers Division of General Practices home medicines review (HMR).

During a HMR, a GP and pharmacist work with a patient to help them better manage and understand what medicines they are taking and why.

If medicines arent used properly, or the wrong ones are used together, the results can be serious, said Dr Chris McKenzie, the McDermotts GP. Its very helpful because as people get older, they often have a number of medications with different names and doses and it can be confusing.

In the first instance, patients need to see their GP, who will send a referral to the community pharmacy of their choice. The pharmacist then arranges a free home visit to provide advice and education.

This may include showing a patient how to take medicines correctly; explaining why and when they should be taken; explaining how they should be stored; checking that equipment like an asthma inhaler) is in good working order; and checking that the patients different medicines are okay to take together.

To find out more about a HMR, talk to your GP or pharmacist today.


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