by Kazeem Olalekan

I came across the card pictured above (like you do!) and the first line which said: ‘If you have any questions about your medicines after your hospital visit, our pharmacists are here to help’ captured my attention. All I could think of all day is the Billy Swan song: ‘I can help’ (see clip below). You know what it’s like when you have a song stuck in your head and you just can’t shift it. So I have decided to do the next best thing: Write a blog about it!

What the folks at the Medicines Information department at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have done is to issue an helpline for their patients to call after hospital visit if they have concerns about their medication. Great show, I’ll say! It is free and it is confidential!

I guess what they are saying is this (paraphrasing Billy Swan):

If you have problem (about your medicine), we don’t care what it is
If you need a hand (about your medicine), we can assure you this
We can help, We’ve got a big library of books and experienced Pharmacists, We can help
It will sure do us good, to do you good
Let us help…

And the number is:

023 8079 6907

Or email us:

Medicines helpline opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm (closed weekends and Bank Holidays)


I guess the service is available to those recently discharged from the hospital. If you don’t fall into this category however, consider going to your community pharmacist or GP.


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