At Rudgwick Pharmacy we offer a Monitored Dosage System that can help patients who take a lot of different medications at different times of day and have trouble keeping up with what they are meant to be taking and when.
The Pharmacist will assess the patients need and suitability for this service. Although your doctor can refer you to the pharmacist for an assesment, the pharmacist is ultimatly responsible for the decision to dispense the patients medication in a weekly MDS tray.
What is a Monitored Dosage System?
A Monitored Dosage System is a method of dispensing your medication so we can help you keep track of what to take and when to take it. You will receive your medication in a special tray similar to the one pictured below. This tray has a number of compartments, which are very easy to open, that have days of the week and time of the day labelled on them.
The pharmacist will fill this tray with the medication you need to take in the appropriate compartments. This means you will not need to struggle with lots of tablet boxes and pushing tablets out of often hard to open blister packs.
Who could Benefit?
Patients taking large quantities of different medication.
Patients who find it hard to remember what to take and when to take it.
Patients with restricted use of their hands, for example those suffering with arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease or M.S.
Patients who have complex medicine regimes meaning they have to take different medications on different days.
Patients who are partially sighted.
What Will The Pharmacy Do?
Once we have received a prescription from the patients’ Doctor, we will pack the medication into a Monitored Dosage System and label appropriately. This will be supplied to the patient on a weekly basis or as specified by the prescriber.
We also provide pharmaceutical services to local residential and nursing homes which includes delivering Monitored Dosage Systems and giving advice on using, storing and disposing of medicines safely.
Our pharmacist is always available to answer any questions about medicines – so don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help people understand what their medicines are for and how best to take them.