The Urwin Pharmacy Group

New Medicines Service

About the New Medicines Service

The New Medicine Service enables patients with long-term medical conditions to access support and advice from their local pharmacy for their new prescribed medication. This service ensures that patients are monitored when taking new medication, that they can easily discuss any side effects and concerns and to ensure that they are adhering to the new treatment at the prescribed dosages. There can often be queries and issues when taking a new medication for the first time and this service ensures that patients are supported through the initial weeks. Urwin Pharmacies in Seaton, Mirehouse and Seacliffe offer this community service to all eligible customers.

Eligibility Criteria

This NHS New Medicine scheme is offered to patients with the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Unstable angina or heart attacks
  • Strokes or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
  • Long term risk of blood clots, blocked blood vessels, inc Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Benefits of the New Medicine Scheme

Making sure that new medication is understood, taken correctly and side effects or concerns are monitored is vital to our patients with long-term conditions. The benefits of this service extend not only to our patients but to our GPs, by reducing workloads, to the wider NHS, by reducing waste and ensuring higher levels of medication adherence, which contributes to avoiding elevated hospital admission rates.

Find out more about the New Medicine Scheme