People with Parkinson’s must get their medication on time, every time.

Dennis Robertson MSP for Aberdeenshire West sponsored Parkinson’s UK’s ‘Get it on Time’ reception at Scottish Parliament last week. The ‘Get it on Time’ campaign aims to improve medication management for people with Parkinson’s by ensuring that NHS Boards and local social care providers act to make sure people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time every time when receiving care. More often than not people receive their Parkinson’s medication at the wrong times – despite the fact that this can make people with Parkinson’s very unwell.

Mr Robertson said: “There are about 153 people with Parkinson’s in Aberdeenshire West; if they do not get their medication on time, their ability to manage their symptoms may be hindered. This can be a problem when people are in care homes or hospitals; ‘Get it on Time’ seeks to change that.

“The reception provided an opportunity for my MSP colleagues and I to meet with local people affected by Parkinson’s, health professionals and representatives from Parkinson’s UK to discuss the implications of not getting the correct medication at the right time.

“Hospitals and care homes must become safe havens for people with Parkinson’s and I have written to NHS Grampian to ask what procedures and practices they have in place to ensure that people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time, every time.”

Katherine Crawford, Scotland Director of Parkinson’s UK, said: “I am delighted that Dennis Robertson MSP is supporting our ‘Get it on time’ campaign. Medication is the main treatment for Parkinson’s. It can help to manage symptoms but does not stop the progression of the condition. And the medication only works if it is administered at the right time and dose for each individual. Timing is everything, and when people with Parkinson’s don’t get their medication at the right time and dose, their symptoms become unmanaged and they can quickly become very ill. Even a 10-minute delay can affect people, and could lead to people being unable to move, speak, eat or swallow, or have uncontrolled movements and hallucinations. It can take weeks to stabilise someone’s symptoms. Sadly, some people never recover.

“Parkinson’s UK is calling for the NHS and nursing homes to put people first by dispensing medication to meet people’s individual needs. We also want assurances that action is being taken to ensure all nursing and related staff understand the consequences of delaying medication. Delays should be treated as a ‘drug failure’ and given the same serious attention as dispensing the wrong dose or the wrong medicine.”