Caring for patients at home

Nisha DesaiBy Nisha Desai, Senior  Clinical Pharmacist for Frail Elderly Services, Northumbria NHS Trust

Our ageing population presents huge challenges when managing medication. Around 36% of people over 75 take four or more prescribed medicines and up to 50% of medicines prescribed for older people are not taken as intended. The good news is that pharmacists can make a huge impact with this group of patients.

At Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we have developed a domiciliary pharmacy service as part of the Local Integrated Network which aims to join up care programmes across health and social care systems. Read more Caring for patients at home

How your pharmacist can help prevent falls

annamarieBy Annamarie McGregor, Professional Support Pharmacist for the RPS in Scotland

This week is Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week (17th-21st June). Every year around 30 per cent of over 65s will fall; this increases to 50 per cent in those aged over 80. Falls can be a particular worry for older people and can cause a loss of mobility and confidence; for some the consequences can even be fatal. A lot can be done to prevent falls and this awareness week should also act as a reminder to the public that pharmacists can help reduce the risk of falls among older people. Read more How your pharmacist can help prevent falls