Home Medicines Review

Cunderdin Pharmacy provides Home Medicines Review (HMR) service to eligible patients*.

A Home Medicines Review (HMR) involves the patient, their general practitioner (GP), an accredited pharmacist and regular community pharmacy. In some cases other relevant members of the healthcare team, such as nurses in community practice or carers, are included.

The accredited pharmacist visits the patient at their home, reviews their medicine routine and provides their GP with a report. The GP and patient then agree on a medication management plan.

The HMR program aims to increase quality use of medicines and reduce adverse medicine events. As part of this program, an accredited pharmacist must conduct a comprehensive review of a patient’s medicine in the patient’s home.

The objective of a HMR is to:

  • Achieve safe, Effective and Appropriate use of medicines by detecting and addressing medicine related problems that interfere with desired patient outcomes,
  • Improve the patient’s quality of life and health outcomes that involves cooperation between the GP, accredited pharmacist, other relevant health professionals and the patient (and where appropriate, their carer),
  • Improve the patient’s knowledge and understanding of medicine,
  • Provide medicine information to the patient and other health professionals involved in the patient’s care.

*Patients could be eligible for a HMR if they:

  • Take more than 12 doses of medicine per day,
  • Have difficulty managing their own medicines because of literacy or language difficulties, or impaired sight,
  • Attend a number of different doctors, both GP and specialists,
  • Have been discharged from hospital in the previous four weeks,
  • Have significant change to their medicine regimen in past 3 months,
  • Have experienced a change in their medical condition or abilities. This could include falls, cognition, physical function,
  • On medicines with narrow therapeutic index /needs therapeutic monitoring,
  • Symptoms of adverse drug reaction/sub-therapeutic response to therapy,
  • Have problems managing medication devices, such as dose administration aids, or are at risk of, or can’t manage their own medicine due to, changes in dexterity, confusion or impaired vision.