A medication review is a private and confidential meeting between a patient and a GP or other health professional to discuss the medicines being issued on prescription.
Reviews may be conducted in person or by telephone. The aim is to ensure that prescribing is effective and continues to be safe. The reviewer will consider any tests that have been undertaken and listen to the patient's views on how the medications are working. The patient will have the opportunity to ask questions and their agreement sought for any changes. The review will be recorded in the patient's medical records.
Failure to participate in a medication review could result in the restriction of certain medications. This is to prevent the possibility of harm through a failure to assess the risk of continuing with that medication. Patient refusal to participate in a medication review could lead to their being asked to register with another practice. This would be considered if it were judged that the doctor & patient relationship had irretrievably broken-down or if prescribing safety was being compromised by the patient's refusal to participate or failure to communicate in arranging a review.
Note down a list of medications that you are taking:
Possible questions to ask the doctor or other health professional
Here are some possible questions/clarifications as a guide:
Once the medication review is completed: