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Your medication as an inpatient - Information for patients and carers

Bringing your medication from home to hospital

Please bring all medications with you which you are currently taking at home, or ask your relative/ carer to bring them, along with your repeat prescription list if you have one.

Why do we ask you to bring your medications from home?

  • It will allow us to know exactly what medication you are taking at home
  • Ensure that all medication is being taken correctly
  • Make sure that any medication no longer needed, is disposed of appropriately and not stored at home.

This should help avoid any doubling up of medicines accidentally. Your medicines may be kept in a locked cabinet next to your bed, or in a nursing medication area.

A member of the pharmacy team will check your medication soon after admission. If they meet the criteria for use, then your medicines will be used during your hospital stay with your permission.

What are the advantages of using your medication during your hospital stay?

  • This will prevent unnecessary wastage of your medication
  • It will allow you to continue taking the medication you are used to taking at home, without any break in treatment
  • It should help to speed up your discharge.

During your stay in hospital please ask about your medicines

During your stay in hospital there may be changes made to your medication depending on your condition.

If you or your carers have any questions about why medications have been stopped or started, please ask.

The pharmacist, doctor or nurse can answer your questions about your medicines, such as any side-effects you may experience, and can discuss any concerns you might have.

Your medicines when you are discharged from hospital

The clinical team will review when you are fit for discharge from hospital. They will make sure everything is in place to ensure it is safe for you to go home.

To ensure you receive the correct medication when you leave hospital, the doctors will review this according to your condition. They will then write a discharge prescription, with a list of medication and it may also include information on your condition for your GP.

The pharmacist will review this list of medication to ensure everything is prescribed appropriately, and the pharmacy team will then ensure you have the correct medication to take with you.

When you are discharged from hospital the pharmacist will ensure that you have at least fourteen days supply of all your medication, allowing you sufficient time to visit your GP for further supplies if necessary.

Service contact information

Medicines Management Team First Community Health and Care Caterham Dene Hospital

Church Road Caterham Surrey



To respond to your query, we will need:

  • Your contact details – full name, contact address, telephone number and email address
  • A list of the medication you use and who prescribed it to you.


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