Talk to your doctor about a home medicines review
If your doctor agrees a home medicines review would be useful, they will send a referral either to your local community pharmacy or an independent accredited pharmacist. You choose which you think would suit you best.
Book the review
The pharmacist will call to arrange a time to meet you in your home or aged-care home. You can have a family member, friend or carer with you during the review.
Before the pharmacist visits you, make sure your medicines list is up to date, or gather together all the medicines you are taking. Remember to include any non-prescription medicines you buy from the pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop, or order online, as well as any vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies you take. Don’t forget to include any inhalers, patches, creams, and eye or ear drops.
The pharmacist will come to your home or aged-care home. They will talk to you, or your carer, about all the medicines you are taking and answer any questions you have. After the visit, the pharmacist will write a report for your doctor.
Follow up with your doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor after the pharmacist’s visit. Your doctor will discuss the report with you, or your carer, and write a plan for the management of your medicines. Any changes the doctor makes will be discussed with you or your carer. With your consent, a copy of the plan will be sent to your local community pharmacy so your pharmacy can help you with any changes to your medicines. If necessary, the pharmacist who visited you may contact you again to check on how you are managing and make up to two follow-up visits to see you.