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Using your own medicines in hospital 

 

In some of our wards at Wishaw General Hospital you will be able to continue to take your own medicines while you are in hospital as part of a scheme called Patients’ Own Drugs (PODs). A nurse or pharmacist will explain this further but you do not have to take part unless you want to. Wherever possible you will use your own medicines from home. The hospital pharmacy will provide any other medicines you may require

To do this we need you to bring your medicines with you into hospital. We will check your medicines to find out what you are taking and ask your permission to use your medicines or dispose of them if they are:

  • no longer used for your treatment
  • out of date
  • not clearly identifiable.

Wherever possible you will use your own medicines from home. The hospital pharmacy will provide any other medicines you may require. They will have your name, medicine name and instructions on them. Your medicines are will be locked in the "patients own drugs" (PODs) cabinet next to your bed.

When you go home we will make sure that you have a supply of medicines to take home. This may include a combination of your own medicines that you brought from home and some that we have supplied.

It is very important that we check your medicines before you leave hospital therefore you may need to wait a short time once the doctor has said you can go home.