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Medicines Waste

medicines waste

After listening to patients and carers across Rotherham, we have launched a campaign asking local people to let us know about any excess medicine problems and we'll resolve the problem for them.

Local pharmacy experts have estimated that around £1.5 million of NHS money is lost a year in Rotherham through medicines waste alone, money that could be better spent on caring for patients. In 2013 alone, over one billion prescription items were given out to patients in England at community pharmacies – an average of 2.7 million items every day and 18.7 items for every person living in the country.

Prescription medicines are one of the biggest costs to the NHS, which is why it is important that we all look for ways to avoid waste. Also, it is important to remember that it’s not safe to leave medicines lying around in the house, especially where they may be in reach of children or other vulnerable people. 

We have spoken to lots of patients and carers and heard several patient stories about large piles of medication taking over cupboards in homes and in some cases spilling out, whilst the individuals were left feeling helpless and frustrated about how to stop the problem.  We want to keep the message very simple, if you’ve got medicines piling up and don’t know want to do about it, tell us and we’ll sort it for you. 

Download a campaign poster 

Download a medicines waste form - Please hand in the completed form to your GP practice or post to the Medicines Management Team at the address below

If you, a family member or neighbour has medication that is piling up and don’t know what to do about it please let us know: 

  • Call our Medline on 01709 308999
  • Complete a form online, at your GP practice or local pharmacy. you can send the form to Medicines Management Team, NHS Rotherham CCG, Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 1YY
  • Email your telephone number to and the team will call you back