Three Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime
Tablets for Long Term Conditions; e.g. high blood pressure, arthritis etc.
· 50% of patients don’t take their medicines
· Ten days after starting a new medicine, 30% of patients are already not taking them as recommended
Patients starting a new medicine;
· Half report a problem within the first ten days;
· After 4 weeks, just 16% are taking medicine as prescribed and have no problems
So, DriveTimers – what do you think?
· Do you have a mental blockage on taking medicine?
· Are you taking them as prescribed?
· Need Help – Doctor, Surgery Nurse, or Pharmacist!!!
2. Are You A Carer? – You may well be, even if you don’t think of yourself as a Carer
There are over 1,000 people doing a carer role in the St Albans District who could get additional support!
2.1 You are a carer if you look after someone who
· Is ill – either an adult or a child
· Is elderly
· Is disabled
· Has mental health problems
· Misuses drugs or alcohol
· Or if you are a young person looking after a family member
Just let your Surgery know – they’ll help you
2.2 The Benefits:-
From your Surgery you get
· Support from the Carers’ Champion
· Flexible Appointments
· Seasonal Flu Vaccination
· An Annual Health-check
In addition, Carers in Hertfordshire provide you with further support and a Carer’s Passport that gives you extensive discounts from local retailers.
3. Summary Care Record (“SCR”)
We all have an SCR; unless we exercised an opt out; around since 2010. Details of Medications. Concept – a Healthcare Professional could access the record from anywhere, with patient consent, to help them treat the individual.
New version – SCR-AI – just released. Includes
· Long term conditions
· Diagnoses (blood tests, blood pressure)
Will benefit people with complex health problems – but OPT IN, not opt out!!!