Did you know the NHS spends over £16 billion on medicines? £9 billion of that expenditure comes from GP prescriptions. When medicines are forgotten or full prescriptions aren’t taken, it costs the NHS, even more money, having to re-prescribe medications earlier and more frequently.
Not only does it cost a lot of money, it can cost you your health too. Forgetting to take medications can reduce the effectiveness of your treatment, and can lead to longer-term health conditions getting worse. Read on to find out how to take back control and never miss a dose.
How can I remember to take my medicines?
Setting a daily medicines reminder could be the key to stop missing those meds. It can also help you show your GP when and how frequently you’ve been taking your medication when it comes to reviewing your prescriptions with your GP, helping make more informed decisions about your care and treatment. You can keep all your medication history and set your reminders all within your Evergreen Life personal health record.
Set a medicine reminder in three steps
Setting yourself a medicine reminder couldn’t be easier. Here’s how to do it with Evergreen Life:
- Download the Evergreen Life app
If you haven't already, download the Evergreen Life app and create an account. It's available to download for free on Apple and Android devices.
- Add your medications
Go to 'My Health Record' within the app and tap on 'Medications.' Here you can add any medications you're taking. You can even add photos of the medicine. For instance, upload a photo of the packet or instructions to remind you of its details - and keep it all stored in your app. You can access the info whenever you need it and also show it to health professionals or loved ones to assist with your care.
- When you enter your dosage and the frequency, click the 'Remind me' link to set up a medication reminder. You can change the time of day and the frequency of when you want your reminder. This’ll send push notifications to your phone, so you’ll never forget your meds again. And, you can mark whether or not you took the medication – so your record is as accurate as possible.
Take control of your health
As well as get your medications sorted, you can manage many aspects of your health, fitness and wellbeing with Evergreen Life. Instead of a medication, why not add your fitness routine as a 'medication' reminder so you can stay on top of your fitness too?
You can book doctor’s appointments, order repeat prescriptions, and download your GP record. You can also record your own health information in your personal health record, and keep track of all sorts of helpful measurements with our fitness tracker.
Your health is in your hands with the Evergreen Life app. Take control today.