Take your medicine

A guideline for taking your medicine after you leave Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

When you are well enough to leave hospital, you're sure to have lots of stuff you want to do, like playing with your friends, watching films or listening to music.

It can be easy to forget to take your medicine at the right time – here are some handy tips to help you remember.


Getting into a routine is one of the best ways to ensure you don't forget to take your medicine.

  • Take your medicine when you eat your main meals.
  • Put them by your alarm clock so you take them as soon as you wake up.
  • Leave them by things you use in the morning, for example a mirror or your toothbrush.
  • Use a dosette box (a container which allows you to organise your pills by the days of the week and different times of day) so you will be able to see if you have already taken your medicine.
  • Take your medicine at the same time as you carry out other daily routines, such as brushing your teeth, watching a TV programme or breaks at school.

General tips

  • Write yourself reminder notes and stick them somewhere you will see them.
  • Ask friends and family to help remind you.
  • If you take medicine at school take a week's supply with you every Monday, and ask the school nurse to remind you.
  • Arrange your medicine in a dosette box.
  • Keep a diary and tick off each dose of medicine once you have taken it.
  • Make a reminder card and put it on the back of your front door to remind you to take your medicine with you when you’re leaving the house.
  • Ask your friends if they mind you leaving spare medicine at their house.

Above all

  • Try to remember important information about your medicine, such as why you need it and what it does.
  • Try to understand what will happen if you forget to take your medicine.
  • Be independent whenever you can as there won’t always be people around who can help you.

Ref: C060421
Compiled by the staff of the Cardiothoracic Transplant Team in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group.
This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.