NHS Discharge Medicines Service (England)

If you've just left hospital, the free NHS Discharge Medicines Service can provide support and help you manage your medicines.

Get the best out of your medicines


If there's been a change in your prescribed medicines after a stay in hospital, we can check you're taking the right medicines at the right time to help control your condition as best you can. By having a chat with one of our pharmacists, we'll help make sure the medicine you're prescribed by your doctor is the same as what was given to you in hospital or care setting.


Who can have an NHS Discharge Medicines Service?


The service is for anyone living in England who has been discharged from hospital in the last four weeks. If you don't qualify for the service, you can still ask our pharmacists for advice on taking medicines. 

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Referral from hospital to pharmacy

The hospital you are being discharged from will need to send details of your medication that you are leaving with to your community pharmacy

STEP 2

Pharmacy team check your first prescription after discharge

We'll check any changes to your medicines made in hospital match your prescription and we'll help you understand them

STEP 3

Follow-up consultation

We'll check all is going well and answer any questions

Benefits of the service


• Convenient: No need to book an appointment

• Accessible: Available in pharmacies in England including over 1,700 pharmacies

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