Main occupation: Haematology registrar/fellow
Years in clinical practice: 10
Dr Brendan Beaton works in a major teaching hospital and treats people who have blood disorders such as leukaemia, lymphoma, thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia. He describes the management of multiple medicines when a person is admitted to hospital, including what people should bring to hospital and some of the things they can expect, including stopping and starting medicines and what to do once they are home. He explains what interactions and side effects are and how immunosuppressing medicines might impact on the management of existing conditions. He emphasises how important it is that patients talk to their doctor about the problems they have with their medicines, as there are things doctors can do to make it easier for people to take their medicines.