NHS Surrey Heath CCG manages the budget for prescriptions issued by GPs - around £12m each year.

Each year, around £430,000 of prescribed medicine is wasted because it is not used by patients and has to be disposed of safely.  Once prescribed and dispensed, medicines cannot be used again.

The CCG is encouraging people to use medicine wisely - only ask for repeat prescriptions you need and will use.  If you have been prescribed medication by your doctor follow the instructions and finish the course.