Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, today has launched the free NHS New Medicine Service (NMS), which focuses on patients with long term conditions who have been prescribed new medicines.

The NMS will encourage patients with long-term conditions to stick to taking their medicines regularly and using them properly. It is hoped that this will help to improve their health and engage the patient with their healthcare, so they can make decisions about their own treatment. It will also prevent waste and save money in hospitals.

Research has shown that one in five patients with long-term conditions, such as asthma; COPD, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, stop taking their medicine ten days after it has been prescribed.

Speaking after his visit, Stephen Timms MP, said: “The treatment of long term conditions like asthma and diabetes is challenging. I want to see all patients on long term treatments benefit fully from the care the NHS provides.  The new free service from local pharmacies should help patients develop a better understanding of their condition and of the medicines they have been prescribed, so they can manage their condition better, and reduce unnecessary hospital visits.  I wish local pharmacists well in making Newham safer and healthier.”

Dushyant Patel, local pharmacist at Blakeberry Pharmacy said: “Helping patients is what I always wanted to do. This new service formalises what I have always done when giving new medicines to my patients. There is a need for expert advice from pharmacists when starting on new medicines. My pharmacist colleagues are all raring to help our patients.”

AuthorStephen Timms