What is Polypharmacy?

Polypharmacy simply means lots of medicines.

Why is taking lots of different medicines a problem?
When you take many different medicines there can be an increased risk of harm from interactions between the drugs. These risks could outweigh the benefits so it’s important to regularly review what you are taking, and why.

What are the benefits of a medicines review?

A medicines review is a meeting to talk about all of your medicines with an expert such as a pharmacist, doctor or nurse. As part of the iSIMPATHY project, medicines reviews are carried out by one of our specialist pharmacists. These pharmacists will work with your wider health care team to help you to get the most from your medicines.

Why do I need a medicines review?
The aim of a medicines review is to ensure that your medicines are helping you with What Matters to You in your life.

When you are first prescribed a medicine it is usually the best one for you, however, things change:

  • You might have developed a side effect
  • Your health may have changed, such as developing a long term condition or a change in a long term condition you already have

Any of these reasons, as well as others can mean the medicine might not be right for you anymore.

We are interested in what matters to YOU

During your review, our pharmacists will use the 7-step approach illustrated in the diagram below. Using your personal medication records, the pharmacist will make sure your medicines are right for you at this time. Together, you and the pharmacist will agree a plan which best suits your needs and health now. View our 7-step approach here.

Download the Patient Information Leaflet here for more information.

An example of a medicine review can be viewed below:

How can I request a medicines review?

At this time, the iSIMPATHY project is only running in a limited number of areas although it is important for everyone to manage their medication as best as they can. See the map and list below to see if reviews are available in your area and who to contact to arrange one.

The Polypharmacy: Manage Medicines app

iSIMPATHY have developed a free app which supports you through your medicine review. It has an easy to use patient and carer toolkit, with information on why you should have a review, what to expect and questions to think about to help you get ready for your review.

The app will help you:

  • Tell your GP or pharmacist about the impact your medicines have on your day to day life
  • Access trustworthy information about your medicines, including benefits, and how to deal with side-effects
  • Keep a personal list of your own medicines

Download the app from the Apple store or for Android

Phone app

Medicine Reviews are currently available in the following places:

Scotland

NHS Highland

NHS Highland

www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk

Medicine reviews are available at:

The Bute Practice, Rothesay
Rothesay Health Centre, High Street, Rothesay, Bute, PA20 9JL
Telephone: 01700 501521, call and ask for an iSIMPATHY Medicine Review
Website: www.thebutepractice.co.uk

Lochgoilhead Medical Centre
Donich Park, Lochgoilhead, PA24 8AA, Scotland
Telephone: 01301 703258, call and ask for an iSIMPATHY Medicine Review
Website: www.lochgoilheadmedicalcentre.org.uk

Cowal Medical Practice
246 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7HW
Telephone: 01369 703279, call and ask for an iSIMPATHY Medicine Review
Website: www.cowalmedicalpractice.co.uk

Kyles Medical Centre
School Road, Tighnabruaich, Argyll & Bute , PA21 2BE
Telephone: 01700 811207, call and ask for an iSIMPATHY Medicine Review
Website: https://kmc.gp.scot/

Church Street Surgery
30 Church Street, Dunoon, PA23 8BG
Telephone: 01369 702772, call and ask for an iSIMPATHY Medicine Review
Website: www.churchstreetsurgerydunoon.co.uk/

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

www.nhsdg.co.uk

Medicine reviews are available at:

TBC

Republic of Ireland

HSE CH01

HSE CH01

www.hse.ie

Medicine reviews are available at:

Ballyjamesduff Family Practice
Granard Road, Moodoge,Ballyjamesduff, Co.Cavan A82 X2Y3
Email: bjd.gp@healthmail.ie
Telephone: 049 8544595
Website: https://bjdmedical.ie/contact/

The Group Practice Cloughvalley
Cloughvalley, Carrickmacross, A81 N627
Email: grouppractice.gp@healthmail.ie
Telephone: 042 966 3233
Website: https://www.carrickmacrossgp.ie/

Kingscourt Surgery
Kingscourt Surgery, Kells Road, Lisanisky, Kindscourt, Co.Cavan, A82 R2V8
Email: kingscourt@healthmail.ie
Telephone: 042 966 7487
Website: https://www.kcsurgery.ie/

Medicentre
Barrack St,Rathquarter, Sligo, F91 Y8EK
Email: admin@themedicentre.com
Telephone: 071 914 2550
Website: https://www.medicentresligo.ie/

Strandhill Surgery
Strandhill Surgery, Shore Road, Strandhill, Co.Sligo
Email: admin@strandhill.com
Telephone: 071 9168220
Website: https://www.strandhillsurgery.com/

Bayview Family Practice
Ballyshannon Health Camp, College Street, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Email: bayviewfamilypractice.ie
Telephone: 071 985 1600
Website: https://bayviewfamilypractice.ie/

Bayview Family Practice
Station Road, Drumacrin,Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Email:
Telephone: 071 984 1445
Website: https://bayviewfamilypractice.ie/

HSE CH08

HSE CH08

www.hse.ie

Medicine reviews are available at:

Northgate Surgery
226 Pearse Park, Drogheda, Co.Louth, A92 E088
Email:
Telephone: 041 983 9444
Website: https://www.centricgp.ie/northgate-surgery/locationHome

The Square Medical
Elgee Building, 1st Floor, Magnet Road, Dundlak, CO.Louth, A91 X2R3
Email: centrichealth.gp@healthmail.ie
Telephone: 042 9420706
Website: www.centricgp.ie/the-square-medical/

Northern Ireland

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

www.northerntrust.hscni.net

Medicine reviews are available at:

Medicine Reviews in Northern Ireland will take place in the Northern Trust area, which includes two acute hospitals Antrim Area Hospital and Causeway Hospital as well as community and outpatient clinics.

Northern Health Trust can be contacted on: 028 9442 4000

Antrim Area Hospital
Bush Rd, Antrim, BT41 2RL
Telephone: 028 9442 4000
Website: www.northerntrust.hscni.net/hospitals/antrim-area-hospital/

Causeway Hospital
4 Newbridge Road, Coleraine, BT52 1HS
Telephone: 028 7032 7032
Website: www.northerntrust.hscni.net/hospitals/causeway-hospital/

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