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Your Medicines, Your NHS

Did you know every year in mid Essex an estimated £2 million of unused medicines are wasted?

In March 2019 the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group launched a new campaign around reducing the amount of local medicine waste.

This waste means that people living in mid Essex do not benefit from additional services or treatments that this money could have been better spent on. The £2 million wasted on medicines each year could pay for 566 new hips, 139 more breast cancer drug treatment courses for or 61 more community nurses.

When patients receive medicines that are not intended for them or that have been discontinued, there is also a safety risk in that the medicine may be inadvertently taken by somebody else or taken by the patient without realising it is no longer required. So reducing the wastage of medicines benefits patients from a safety perspective as well as a cost perspective.

That’s why they have launched a campaign called ‘Your Medicines, Your NHS’ to make the public aware of all the big costs involved in prescriptions.

In the first phase of the campaign patients are being encouraged to open their prescription bag in the pharmacy and see if they still need all items in the bag, and if not to hand surplus items back to pharmacy staff before leaving. (If you notice you have surplus after you have left the pharmacy it cannot be returned for use by anyone else, even if it hasn’t been opened.) Patients can reorder the surplus items next time if they still need them.

Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist for Mid Essex CCG, said: “We are encouraging everyone to reduce medicines wastage. Things can change between putting in your request for repeat medicines and when you collect them and although you are taking your medicines as prescribed stocks may build up. So play your part – ‘Open the Bag’ and hand back any medicines that you do not need.

“The public can get involved by making a pledge to support the campaign or by sending out social media messages with relevant hashtags.’

The official hashtag is #YourMedicinesYourNHS – if you would like to support this campaign please tweet @MidEssexCCG using the official hashtag




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Medication review.
Appropriate bookings with nurse:
Childhood/baby immunisations.
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Childrens' Immunisations

Vaccinations and Immunisations recommended by the Department of Health are given by the Practice Nurse during morning surgery. They may only be given when there is a doctor on the premises.

Please note:

The child must be accompanied by a parent or the legal guardian and
the child's personal health record book must be brought to the appointment
or the vaccination/immunisation will NOT be given.


A rise in temperature sometimes occurs after any of the immunisations. This may occur in the first 24 to 48 hours, but in the case of MMR may occur about a week after the vaccination. If this occurs, follow the instructions below:

  • Avoid over-wrapping and over-dressing
  • Give extra clear fluids
  • Paracetamol suspension (120mg in 5ml) e.g. Calpol, Disprol, may be given in the doses shown below to help bring down your child's temperature. Most products come with a double measuring spoon, a small spoon (2.5ml) at one end and a large spoon (5ml) at the other.

2-3 monthsOne small (2.5ml) spoonful to be given ONCE only. Contact your doctor before giving any more doses
3 months-1 yearOne or two small (2.5ml) spoonfuls every four to six hours*
1-5 yearsOne or two large (5ml) spoonfuls every four to six hours.*
6-12 yearsTwo to four large (5ml) spoonfuls every four to six hours.*
* Do not give more than four doses in 24 hours

If your child's temperature persists please contact your doctor.


The measures above will help you to bring your child's temperature down, to avoid a convulsion, and make the child feel better.

Note: You will not make your child worse if you take him or her in a pram or car to see the doctor. Sometimes the fresh air makes feverish children feel better.

A child develops a temperature in response to an infection. Usually the child will get over the infection without antibiotics. Most childhood infections are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics.

A few children, usually under five years old, will have a convulsion with a high temperature: the child suddenly shakes all over then becomes very still. The convulsion should subside in less than five minutes. Lie the child on its side and stay with him/her. Telephone the doctor.

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