your Medical Records
You can help your GP and pharmacist by keeping
your own records of the medicines you are taking.
Telling your GP and pharmacist about the medicines
you are taking will help them to give you the
most appropriate advice and treatment. Before
starting a new medicine you should tell your
- GP about any non-prescription medicines you
are taking including supplements and herbal medicines.
- Pharmacist about any prescription and or non-prescription
medicines you are taking.
- GP, pharmacist or practice nurse immediately
if you think one or more medicines you are taking
is causing an unpleasant side effect.
Mixing medicines can occasionally reduce the
effectiveness of a particular medicine, or may
mean that you get too much of a particular ingredient.
Your GP may show you your records or they may
ask you to make a request in writing.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a legal right to apply for access to health information held about you. This includes your NHS or private health records held by a GP, optician or dentist, or by a hospital.
You may have to pay a fee to access your health records so ask if there is a charge before you apply to see them.
If you have any concerns about the medicines
you are taking then talk to your pharmacist.
All pharmacists have an extensive, in-depth knowledge
of medicines and are well-placed to advise people
on the safety and effectiveness of prescription
and non-prescription medicines.