General Information Leaflet About Your Prescribed Medication On Discharge

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY019/2022
  • Departments: Pharmacy, Trustwide - Adult
  • Last Updated: 1 February 2022

Further Supplies

When you are discharged from hospital, the hospital pharmacy will ensure you have an appropriate supply of all your medications.

Your GP surgery will ensure your medications records are reviewed and updated.

When you require a further supply of your medications, check what medications you still have at home before re-ordering.

Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription form and ONLY tick those you need.

How should your medicines be used?

  • Take your medicine in the way your doctor has told you to.
  • Follow the printed instructions on the label carefully. If this is unclear or differs to the way the doctor has told you, contact the pharmacy using the details on the pharmacy label.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to explain anything that you do not understand.
  • Your community pharmacy (chemist) will be able to give you advice and support after you leave hospital.
  • If your medicines were changed or a new medication started in hospital you are eligible for the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) and a New Medicines Service (NMS) at your community pharmacy. These are free NHS services provide to patients who would benefit from extra support and information related to their medicines.

How to store your medicines

  • Keep medication in the containers they were supplied in.
  • Please follow any instructions on how to keep your medication which may appear on the label or container e.g. store in the fridge.
  • Store medication in a dry place, out of direct sunlight and avoid humid/warm conditions e.g. do not store medicines on top of a fridge.


NEVER share your medication with anyone else they are prescribed only for YOU.

NEVER take medication from an unlabelled container.

NEVER transfer medication from one container into another.

KEEP medication out of reach and sight of children.

BE AWARE the medicines supplied by your local pharmacy MAY look different from those supplied by the hospital pharmacy.

CAUTION when using all skin emollient products.

DO NOT smoke or use naked flames or go near anyone smoking or using naked flames. Change clothing and bedding regularly, any emollient soaked fabric is a potential fire hazard.

CAUTION if you are taking a medication that may make you sleepy. If this happens DO NOT DRIVE or use tools or machines. It is an offence to drive while under the influence of drugs. Further information is available at the following website:

PLEASE take unused, out of date or changed medications to your local community pharmacy for safe disposal.

NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet.

Useful contact numbers

Hull Royal Infirmary Pharmacy, Tel No: 01482311665  or 01482311668

  • Monday to Friday,  8.30am to 6.00pm
  • Saturday,  09.30am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday, 09.30am to 4.00pm
  • Bank Holidays,  10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Good Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm
  • Christmas Day, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Castle Hill Hospital Pharmacy, Tel No: 01482624100 or 01482623278

  • Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm
  • Saturday, 09.30am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Bank Holidays,  10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Good Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm
    Christmas Day, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology – contact Castle Hill Hospital Pharmacy

NHS 111

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones – Telephone: 111

NHS Website

Provides online information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare, to help you make decisions about your health. Web:

For Free NHS Quit Smoking Support –  Download the NHS ‘Quit Smoking App’ –  Alternatively you can call the free Smokefree Helpline on Tel. No. 03001234044

If you need to go back into hospital, remember if possible to take an up to date list of you current medications.

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