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Get It On Time

We're campaigning to make sure that everyone in a care home or hospital gets their medication on time - every time.

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 a corridor.

Why it's so important to get Parkinson's medication on time

People with Parkinson's and their carers talk about why it's important to get medication on time, and their experiences in hospitals.

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Why it's important to get Parkinson's medication on time

Take action in your workplace

Whether you're a hospital pharmacist, doctor, nurse or professional carer there are a number of things you can do to help people with Parkinson's get their medication on time, every time.

Top tips

  • Talk to people with Parkinson's about their experiences and needs.
  • Introduce a system to alert the local specialist Parkinson's nurse when a person with Parkinson's is admitted or moves in.
  • Introduce a self-administration policy for people with Parkinson's, including asking them, if appropriate, whether they would like to take their own medication during their time with you.
  • Abolish visiting hour restrictions for carers and give them the option to support their loved one to take their medication.
  • Highlight that a person has Parkinson's in their patient files by using an electronic flagging system.
  • Use our Get It On Time resources and information sheets below.
  • Use pill timers or alarm clocks on the ward to remind staff about patients whose medication is due at different times to the standard drug rounds.
  • Tell your colleagues about the Get It On Time campaign and why the timing of medication is so important.
  • Contact one of our Parkinson's UK education advisers to discuss how we can support learning about Parkinson's.
  • Report incidents involving Parkinson's medication to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) or to the local, multidisciplinary medication incident reporting and monitoring system in place at your hospital

Watch our medicine management training films

You can the watch the films online or order a free copy:

They explains how important it is that people with Parkinson's get their medication on time, and what steps you can take to ensure this happens.

Share your success

We're always looking to share good practice examples from around the UK with other organisations who are looking to improve their processes.

If you work in a hospital, care home or hospice and have a good process in place around the administration of Parkinson's medication, or are working to improve the experience of people with Parkinson's, we'd love to hear from you. Email [email protected].

Need help to improve practice? Contact us

We can help by putting you in contact with people with Parkinson's in your area and sharing examples of good practice from around the UK.

Get in touch on 020 7963 9332 or [email protected].

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Valsala Benn and her husband David, fill in forms and take medication.

Get It On Time campaigning guide

Want to get involved in our campaign for people with Parkinson's to get their medication on time? Our guide will help.

    Download the guide

    Campaign for better services

    Tell your local hospital, newspaper or MP why it's so important that people with Parkinson's get their medication on time with our letter templates:

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    Going into hospital?

    We have a range of free resources you can use to make sure you get your medication on time, available to download or order.

    See our resources

    Had a good or bad experience in hospital?

    Improve UK health services by sharing your experience with Care Opinion.

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