Patient Safety week

This week is Patient Safety Week. HQSC would like to thank everyone taking part this year and to those who ordered resources. They have received a record number of orders this year, from a wide range of providers!

Triple whammy You may have seen information about the ‘triple whammy’ in the media this week. As part of Patient Safety Week 2017’s focus on medication safety, the Commission and ACC are highlighting the risk posed by three medicines, taken together. Read more about the triple whammy here.

Let’s Talk Medicines videos

The Commission and ACC have developed three bilingual videos of health providers which are being used on social media during Patient Safety Week. You can see the videos on the Commission and ACC’s Facebook pages through the week, or here.

Pharmacy bags

With support from PHARMAC and ACC, over a million pharmacy bags are being distributed by pharmacies this week. These bags feature three printed questions consumers are encouraged to ask about their medicines:

  • What is my medicine called?
  • What is it for?
  • When and how do I take it?

Most bags have English on one side and te reo Māori on the other, while 50,000 have English on one side and Samoan on the other.


Tell HQSC what you are doing for Patient Safety Week and be in to win one of two $200 morning tea shouts. Email your entries to HQSC by 17 November.

Thanks to those who have already shared their ideas, some of which can be seen here.


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Feedback or enquiries

If you have questions or would like to discuss any aspects of Patient Safety Week, please contact HQSC.