Niall: Organising and storing medicines – Safety as the primary consideration

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: 45
Number of medicines: 7
Cultural background: British (Caucasian)

Niall keeps his medicines where he can see them but also where it is safe for his daughter and others.


I have a young daughter but she also has two older brothers and so med safety has always been sort of part of our household routine, when we were a household. Even now, it's about keeping them safe. It’s keeping them in a warm, dry place or a cool, dry place, not damp … it’s about making sure they're safe for me too, as well as keeping them out of harm's way for other people. It's appropriate storage ... safe storage.


When you say it's visible storage, what do you mean by that?


It's at a height where I can see it, but other people can't reach it.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.