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agescotland-hottips-calenderDecember 17 2014

A calendar for older people in Scotland has incorporated advice about using pharmacy services.

The ‘Hot Tips’ calendar from Age Scotland profiles community pharmacy services on its October page, and incorporates advice contributed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland. It will go out to 80,000 people cross Scotland via Age Scotland’s local charity groups and will also be distributed via MSP and MP constituency offices.

Included in the advice are information about the minor ailment service and also some ‘Top tips for you and/or your carer’. These include:

•    Make sure you know your local pharmacy, its opening hours and the services it provides.
•    Speak to your pharmacist about your medicines or any common health concerns.
•    Take your medicines as advised and speak to your pharmacist if in doubt.
•    Make sure you have the medicine you need but only order what you require.
•    Take your medicines with you if you go into hospital and let your pharmacist know of any changes when you get discharged.
•    Dispose of unwanted, unused or out of date medicines safely at your local pharmacy.

Other months cover topics such as mental health and wellbeing, disability benefits, hearing loss, ‘financial resilience’, and winter preparedness.

Announcing the publication of the fourth ‘Hot tips’ calendar, Greg McCracken, Policy Officer Age Scotland, said: “Age Scotland is delighted to be working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland on our popular 'Hot Tips' calendar.

“Access to the highest quality information and advice is critical if we are to support our ageing population to continue living independently at home for as long as possible. Pharmacists have a vital role to play in supporting that ambition, as well as helping to reduce demand on GP appointments.

“This year's calendar will be supported by further information on the charity's website to complement and enhance the many hints already available. We will also be exploring how to make best use of the unique relationship pharmacists have with the public and patients in their local communities to ensure all of Scotland's older people benefit from their invaluable skills and experience.”

Alex MacKinnon, Director for the RPS in Scotland, said: “I am pleased that we have partnered up with Age Scotland in producing this important information for older people, particularly as we are heading up to the festive season. The local community pharmacy is a fantastic community resource and is often open during the festive break when many other services can be under immense pressure or are closed for the holidays. I would recommend that everyone knows when their local pharmacy is open in case they should need to access pharmacy services.”

Links:

RPS announcement

Age Scotland calendar

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