It is estimated that 33–50% of drugs prescribed for long-term conditions are currently not taken as directed

When we prescribe medicines for you it is because we believe this is in your best interests

You should expect your doctor to explain what the medicine is and why you should take it.

If this is not clear to you please ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain again.

We want to help you make decisions about your treatment based upon the likely benefits and risks

We do not want there to be any misunderstandings or misconceptions about your treatment.

If more patients took all their intended medicines it could reduce their chance of needing admission to hospital.

We understand that you may have a different view about risks, benefits and side effects to us

You have the right to decide not to take a medicine.

If you decide not to take a medicine we need to know so that we can talk about it and discuss an alternative. It is possible that we can improve your understanding of your condition and the possible treatments.

Discuss with us what you know about:

Your condition and your medicines, and your need for any particular treatment that worries you.

Any general or specific concerns you have about your medicines (when we prescribe, dispense or review medicines).

If side effects are a problem ask your doctor about:

The benefits of treatment.

Ways to manage side effects.

Adjusting the dosage or other strategies.


Talk to your doctor.

Let us know if there is a practical problem.

We will consider all the options to help you.

If you have a specific need for help we will try to overcome any practical problems you may have.

How to get more information:

Ask your consultant/doctor in hospital.

Ask your GP once you are back under their care.

Ask about specialist patient support groups.

Use reputable internet sites like NHS Choices or​.​​​