Patients are urged to bring in medication

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110916009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110916009

Hospital chiefs are hoping to save cash and speed up discharge times by urging patients to bring in their own medication.

Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is now calling on patients to bring along any medication they are taking ahead of admission.

The hospital, which has recently been lifted out of special measures, needs to make efficiency savings in a bid to reduce its nearly £14 million deficit. This could save the trust £30 per patient.

Patricia Dunmore, chief operating officer, said the initiative will also help with discharge times for patients.

She said: “Increasing patient safety and reducing an individual’s waiting time at discharge are both goals in the trust’s journey to provide an excellent patient experience.

“By patients bringing all of their own, current medication with them we reduce costs of supplying more of the drugs they already have and prevent wasting the drugs they’ve already been prescribed at home.

“Ultimately we can better ensure patient safety because we can clearly see from medication labels what drug and dose a patient has been prescribed and how long for.

“Discharge will also be sped up by eliminating the time a patient spends waiting for new prescriptions from our pharmacy.”

Patients are asked to bring medication in the original containers with dispensary labels before being admitted along with repeat GP prescriptions.

All medication will be stored in an individual ‘drug bag’ with the patient’s details.