Get It On Time campaign
We launched Get It On Time to make sure that the thousands
of people with Parkinson's admitted into
UK hospitals each year get their medication on time - every
If people with Parkinson's don't get their medication on time, their ability to manage
their symptoms may be lost. For example
they may suddenly not be able to move, get out of bed or walk down
We've produced Get It On Time
resources to help people explain their complex medication needs
It's often something unrelated to Parkinson's that leads to a
stay in hospital. This can mean that people with Parkinson's are
cared for by staff with little expertise in the condition.
Get It On Time washbag
If you or somebody you care about has Parkinson's, order a
free Get It On Time washbag.
The washbag contains a guide full of tips and advice and other
materials to help you stay in control of your medication during
your hospital stay.
It also contains a medication record you can use to keep up to
date with details of your medication regime, and useful local
Order a washbag and other 'Get it on
Help for hospitals
If you are a hospital pharmacist, doctor or nurse, we can
help you look at the way you manage your patients with
Best practice information, checklists and other resources are
available for hospitals to ensure people with Parkinson's get their
medication on time.
Read more on what hospitals can
Aims of the campaign
Thanks to the Get It On Time campaign, staff at my local hospital now understand that I need my medication on time and have improved the way they manage patients with Parkinson's.
- all staff working in hospitals to have a better understanding
of Parkinson's and why the timing of drugs is so crucial
- hospital staff to listen to people with Parkinson's, their
carers and families
- hospital pharmacies to make sure they always stock a broad
range of Parkinson's medication which is also easily
- people with Parkinson's to have the option to self-medicate
(control their own medication) if they are able to
- people with Parkinson's to get their medication on time
The campaign won the Ask About Medicines Awards for Excellence
2007 prize for improving communication between healthcare
professionals and patients.
And our Get It On Time washbag was runner up in the 2008 award
ceremony for most innovative approach to medicines information.
Understanding the problems: nurses' survey
Research carried out amongst specialist Parkinson's nurses
confirmed that serious problems existed around medicine management
in hospitals in the UK.
Findings from the study of 81 nurses (40% of all Parkinson's
nurses) showed that:
- not a single nurse believed that patients with Parkinson's were
guaranteed to receive their medication on time
- 7 out of 10 nurses said that people with Parkinson's could not
rely on getting their medication on time
- 9 out of 10 nurses felt that patients with Parkinson's can
experience clinical problems or an extended hospital stay as a
result of missed or late administration of their medication
Yellow Card Scheme
If you experience delays or a missed dose of medication when
you're in hospital, we encourage you to tell the Medicines and
Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), using their Yellow Card Scheme.
The Yellow Card Scheme is vital in helping the MHRA monitor the
safety of the medicines that are on the market.
You can also send a Yellow Card report to tell the MHRA about
suspected safety issues or side effects of medication.
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