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Bring your medicines with you

Please bring all of your medicines into hospital with you, including any you only take occasionally, so we know exactly what you're taking and can continue this during your stay.

This information will also help us to make sure you're on the appropriate treatment, and help us identify any problems related to your medicines.

Please also bring (if applicable):

  • monitoring books for medicines, for example warfarin or methotrexate
  • GP repeat prescription lists
  • recent hospital discharge letters
  • copies of any medicine administration charts from nursing/care homes
  • dosette boxes
  • details of any monthly or annual medicines such as injections
  • eye/ear/nose drops, inhalers, herbal/homeopathic medicines, vitamins, creams/ointments, insulin, injections, medicated sprays, medicated patches, 'over-the-counter' or when required/occasional use medicines

When you go home

Any remaining medicines will be returned to you when you're discharged from hospital.

We will also supply at least 14 days of your regular medicines where possible, unless you have a sufficient supply at home.

Your pharmacist will explain everything you need to know about taking your medicines correctly.

Questions you might like to ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse 

    • why do I need to take this medicine?
    • how do I take it?
    • what are the alternatives?
    • when should I take it?
    • how long do I need to take it for?
    •  can I take it with food?
    • what are the side effects?
    • who should I contact if I get side effects?
    • do I need any monitoring or follow-up?
    • what should I do when it runs out?

If you have any questions about the medicines we prescribed you when you left hospital, call our pharmacy medicines helpline on 020 7188 8748 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

Pharmacy medicines helpline

If you have any questions about the medicines you've been prescribed at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals, call our medicines helpline.
Tel: 020 7188 8748


Pharmacist explaining medicines to a patient