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Monday, 07 December 2015 (3073487)
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by Tom Martin

A GP practice in Waterloo has won an award for having the ‘most creative medicine waste campaign display' in their reception area.

Kingsway Surgery has been given a luxurious hamper after winning the competition which was organised by NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s medicine management team.

The NHS groups had teamed up with Medicine Waste UK to run the event which was aimed at raising awareness about unused medicine being a serious and growing problem.

To do this they encouraged GP practices and chemists in Sefton to create an eye catching display using the ‘only order what you need’ materials and the winners were judged by the two CCGs.

Kingsway were named the winners for their efforts in using lots of empty medicine boxes to create a display which “got patients talking”.

Medical receptionist at Kingsway, Kerin Mangan, said: “We are delighted to have won the hamper, it’s a real honour and the team deserve it as they worked really hard putting it together.

”People have been asking about it whilst sitting in our waiting area and I do think it has worked to build awareness. It’s an added bonus that we have won the prize as the most important thing is that it grabbed people’s attention and got them asking questions.“

Head of medicines management for both CCGs, Susanne Lynch, said: ”The competition was a chance to ask our practices and chemists in the area to raise awareness about the campaign. I can’t stress enough how important it is to only order what you need as unused prescription medicines cost the local NHS an estimated £2million each year. Well done to Kingsway Surgery, their display was really creative and they were certainly worthy winners of the prize.“


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