Campaign in the green bag

A campaign has been launched to help older people better understand their medicines.

The My Medicines, My Health campaign is targeting people over the age of 60 who have long term medical conditions by encouraging them to keep all their medicines in one place and taking them with them for appointments.

NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the campaign which introduces the idea of a Green Medicine Bag.

Dr John Matthews, clinical chair of North Tyneside CCG, said: “To help you keep all your medicines together in one place and keep on top of what medicines you are actually taking, we are encouraging patients over 60 to use a Green Medicine Bag, or simply one bag or a container.

“Because some medicines can interact, it’s crucial that all your prescribed and non-prescribed medicines are in one place so that medical staff can see what you are taking.”