Your doctor, nurse or other health professional will work in partnership with you to help you to understand your medicines (what they do, how to use them) so that you can make decisions about your treatment. This may mean choosing a different medicine or treatment if it suits you better. If you have any problems with your medicines, they will help you to find solutions that you find acceptable and they will discuss with you your experiences of taking or not taking medicines.
You may also be asked annuallly to have some tests to make sure that your medication is working as it should and that the medication you are taking is safe. This can involve making an appointment for a blood pressure check or a blood test.
Local pharmacists are also available for advice and treatment. Pharmacists provide free expert advice about medicines and information about a wide variety of health issues. Every medicine should come with an information leaflet. It often contains a lot of information and may answer specific questions that you have. If you have a question about a specific medicine the pharmaceutical company may have an information service that you can contact.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has information to enable and support you to make decisions about your prescribed medicines:
The NHS Constitution describes your rights and your responsibilities: