Health checks in store at Normanton!

Shoppers visiting Pak Foods in Normanton on Friday 27 June will be able to pick up more than their weekly groceries.

GP practice staff from Derby Open Access Centre (DOAC) will be offering free health checks including blood pressure and blood glucose tests plus height and weight measurement.

As Ramadan starts that weekend, the clinicians will also be advising Muslims on staying healthy while fasting.

Practice staff will be accompanied by members of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) medicines management team which will be urging customers to help it reduce the huge amounts of money wasted on prescribing medicines that are never used.

In the East Midlands alone, around £30m worth of medicines are wasted every year. That money could pay for approximately 900 community nurses, 6,000 hip replacements, 42,000 cataract operations or 5,400 knee replacements.

That is why the CCG has been running a campaign since March urging patients, carers, GPs and pharmacists to only order the medicines they need.

Patients are asked to tell their doctor or pharmacist if they are being prescribed a medicine they no longer use, and to say if they are experiencing side effects which have stopped them taking their medicine.

Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, which plans and buys healthcare for 525,000 people, said:

“Medicine waste is a serious and growing problem in the NHS. Wasted medicines mean lost opportunities to improve a patient’s health or wellbeing.

“Doctors prescribe medicine in the belief it will relieve symptoms or increase quality or length of life. If that’s not happening, patients need to tell their doctor or pharmacist so a review can be carried out and more effective treatment prescribed.

“Around 50 per cent of medicine waste is preventable so the good news is that patients, GPs and pharmacists can make a huge difference by working together to manage medicines more effectively.”

The health day in Pak Foods will run from 10am to 4pm, with Dr Mohammed Haque available for advice between 11am and 1pm, and practice nurse Lorraine Cooper present from 2.30pm to 4pm. Healthcare assistants will be offering health checks throughout the day.

Published: 18/06/2014