Patient Information

Paraffin-containing skin preparations (emollients)

As some local people have died after using paraffin-based skin products and going near cigarettes, cookers or other types of naked flame, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has produced this video. Please watch it and tell your family and friends.

Watch Commander, Chris Bell, has also highlighted the risks on his Twitter account @WYFRSChrisBell. Please retweet. There is also information on the Fire Service’s website.


BBC News Health has also highlighted the dangers of using paraffin-containing skin products whilst smoking or using naked flames. For further information see this document and leaflet which include advice for both healthcare professionals and patients.



Information for girls and women taking any medicines containing valproate by searching valproic acid here.

If you have questions or concerns about the risks associated with valproate and pregnancy, please speak to your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

NHS Choices has a page about it too.

You can also contact a patient support network such as:

Bipolar UK – 0333 323 3880

Epilepsy Action – 0808 800 5050

Epilepsy Society – 01494 601 400

Mind – 0300 123 3393

If you are taking valproate and think you might be pregnant or know you are pregnant, contact your doctor at once so that you can talk through your options.

If you have experienced any side effects to this medicine you can report these using the Yellow Card Scheme.

If you or your child has been affected by valproate medicines, you can also contact a support network such as:

OACS – 07904 200364

INFACT/FACSA – 01253 799161



Managing asthma in children –  information for parents, carers and family members

Managing asthma in children – Patient Information Leaflet

Right Breathe

The Right Breathe website contains details of all the inhalers and spacers available for asthma and COPD.



Mental Health

We know that some medicines are associated with an increase in saliva (spit). Here are some tips for helping to deal with this handy factsheet hypersalivation

Some people who are prescribed a medicine called melatonin MR or Circadin® are told to crush the tablets. Here is an information sheet on how to crush the tablets Advice on crushing Circadin tablets

For more information on mental health conditions, treatments and medications, please click on the link to the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Pharmacy Service Website




Generic and biosimilar medicines

What do we mean by ‘generic medicine’ and ‘biosimilar medicine’?

When a new medicine becomes available for the first time it is given a brand name (also called trade name or proprietary name). This name and the product are protected by a patent. This is a legal arrangement which prevents other manufacturers from making or selling the same medicine for a number of years. Once the patent has come to an end, other manufacturers can make a similar product, called a generic.

For more information click the link


Useful links

Patient information

NHS Choices

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Department of Health

Yellow card to report side effects from medicines or defective medicines

electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) for patient information leaflets about medicines

Words and abbreviations often used in prescribing and healthcare

Information on commonly prescribed medicines

MedicineWise app: manage medicines on your smartphone. An app from Australia to help with medicine taking.