Integrated waste medicines campaign
In March 2016 the five Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney, consisting of NHS West Norfolk CCG, NHS South Norfolk CCG, NHS Norwich CCG, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG and NHS North Norfolk CCG agreed to work together to reduce the amount of waste medicine generated in their areas.
Our campaign is called ‘Your MEDICINES, Your NHS’, and we’d really like your help to spread the word and save some money.
Why do we need a campaign?
Every year in Norfolk and Waveney, an estimated £4.7m is wasted on unnecessary, and unused medicines (based on Department of Health figures for the UK nationally). This excludes the costs of prescribing medicine which could be bought cheaply over the counter and the unnecessary costs of prescribing branded medicines over non branded.
According to figures for last year, we estimate that there was approximately 176 tonnes worth of waste medicine across Norfolk and Waveney in 2015. That’s equivalent to the weight of 176 average Elephants, and costs an estimated £4.7m to the NHS.
This £4.7m wasted on medicine every year in Norfolk and Waveney could be used to fund:
184 more community nurses OR
1270 new hips OR
313 more drug treatment courses for breast cancer OR
47 more GPs
NB based on average costs
The phases of the campaign
The campaign is a year-long campaign starting in June 2016 and will be split into four phases. These are:
Please click on the links above to see the key messages for each phase.
What can you do to help?
Whether you are a member of the public, a carer, care home worker, GP, pharmacist or nurse you can all help. Please have a look at the ‘Things you can do to help’ on the links above.
Supporting the campaign on social media
All of the partner CCGs have their own social media and will be promoting the campaign through their own channels. For links and more information please visit the individual CCG websites:
‘Your MEDICINE, Your NHS’ specific social media
Please follow and engage with us on twitter - @YourMED_YourNHS
We will be using the following hashtags which you can search for on Facebook and Twitter:
Phase 1 - #openthebag
Phase 2 - #onlyorderwhattheyneed
Phase 3 - #askyourpharmacist
Phase 4 - #treatyourselfbetter