Campaign for ‘medicine bag’ proves a hit

A campaign helping older people better manage their medicines has been hailed a success.

Targeting patients over the age of 60, the ‘My Medicines, My Health’ campaign encourages people to keep medicines safe together in one place and one container.

The campaign promotes the idea of a Green Medicine Bag, and since the campaign was launched last month more than 1,000 bags have been requested across the north east.

Dr Martin Wright, medical director at NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This campaign has been effective in underlining the importance of keeping medicines together.

“It’s especially important for older people with long term health conditions who may be taking several different medicines at once.

“We’re delighted that so many people have embraced the idea of the Green Medicine Bag but any container is fine as long as people keep their medicines all together and remember to take them when they visit their doctor, pharmacist or go into hospital.

“Because some medicines can interact, it’s very important all your medicines are in one place so medical staff can see what you are taking.”