The NHS Direct website has launched a new area containing a wealth of information for patients about medicines.
The new Medicines Zone is an in-depth guide to medicines, prescriptions, immunisation, contraception and more. The zone is arranged into sections covering topics such as pregnancy, side effects, travel and immunisations.
Commonly asked questions about taking medicines are answered and detailed information about commonly prescribed medicines and side effects is available.
Action: Clinicians may be able to direct patients to this web site if they have simple medication related queries. Practices may also want to consider linking from their own website.