Enhanced medicines service supporting local people at home
An enhanced medicines support at home service (MESH) is supporting local people to take control of their medicines. The MESH service, funded by NHS Bradford City and Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), gives medicines management support at home to people in Bradford.
The service, which started in April 2017, enables people to receive care closer to home and avoids unnecessary admissions to hospital. It is aimed at people who regularly take 10 or more medicines, are unsure of what their medicines are for, regularly forget to take their medicines, or are not feeling the benefit of taking the medicines they are prescribed.
Medicines waste is a big issue across the NHS, costing around £300m every year. For patients diagnosed with a long term condition such as diabetes, it is estimated that up to 50% of prescribed medicines are not taken as recommended and that just 10 days after starting a new medicine, 30% of patients are already non-adherent.