National Medication Safety Programme (Safermeds)


Welcome to, the website of the HSE's National Medication Safety Programme. We work with you to improve the safe use of medicines.

For clinical guidance and evidence on COVID-19, including medication and VTE (blood clots), see the Covid-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence Repository on this link

For Frequently Asked Questions Relating to COVID-19 and pharmacy staff, see this link. HSE and Irish Pharmacy Union, 23rd April 2020


"Know Check Ask" for your safety

Do you know your medicines? Do you keep a list? Can you describe and discuss your medicines with healthcare professionals and family when you want to?

Keeping track of your medicines and communicating about them can be tricky as there can be so many details to remember. This is especially important if you have a healthcare appointment or are going to hospital.  

Our "Know Check Ask" campaign website is here to help. Please click on the content below to learn more about taking medicines safely.

I want to 


Download my medicines box Get Started Box 2 Get involved box 2 Resources box 2


If you would like a version of My medicines list which you can type into and save changes click here

If you are asked to Bring your medicines with you to an appointment or admission, click here


  • Know Check Ask for Medication Safety Campaign Video



We've included information below on some of our other programmes of work. We hope you find it helpful.


Preventing VTE info patients box Preventing VTE info healthcare staff box WHO box Medication Record Templates box
* VTE is Venous Thromboembolism. This can include Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
Meet the team box Our priorities box Useful links box

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