Taking your medication

Many people forget to take prescribed medication, or take it in the wrong way, which can put their health at risk.

It's a good idea to find a way to remind yourself when to take your medication especially if you have several types of medication you have to take regularly. There are a number of things you can do:

  • Keeping a diary or wall planner is a good way of helping you to remember - you can then tick off each dose after you’ve taken it
  • Organise your medication into a dosette box
  • If you use a tablet or smart phone, you can download an app to help remind you
  • Ask a family member or friend to help you.

If you are getting support at home from a care worker or personal assistant, part of their role may be to make sure you take the correct medication at the appropriate times and make a record of this in your notes. They may also be able to help if you to collect repeat prescriptions from your GP or local pharmacy.


Your local pharmacy can help you by providing advice about the type of medication you should be taking and may be able to transfer your prescription into a dosette box. This is then marked up with the correct days and times of when you should be taking your medication.


If you are still unsure about which medication to take or are feeling unwell as a result of taking medication, you should contact your GP. 

Patient online

GP Practices across Richmond are now offering Patient Online. This means you can book routine appointments, request repeat prescriptions and access aspects of your medical record via the internet.


Pill reminder apps for your tablet or smart phone

If you have a tablet or smart phone, you can download an app to help manage your medications. These apps can notify you when you take your medication, how much to take and keep a record of what medication you have taken.