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Repeat Prescriptions

Important Information About Changes To Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

You will now need to request your repeat prescriptions directly from your general practice, not through your local pharmacy.

When a pharmacy (chemist) automatically requests repeat prescriptions on your behalf they may not always know if medicines have been changed or how much of each medicine you have left. This can sometimes mean that medicines are requested that are not needed, which can lead to some patients building up a stockpile of medicines at home. This is a waste of NHS resources and poses a safety risk to patients and their households.

Click here to download an information leaflet about this change.

Repeat prescriptions are only authorised by the doctor if you require continuing, long term medication and you attend for a medication check on a regular basis. Medication checks are usually carried out once a year, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. If it is a year since you last saw the doctor or nurse, please arrange an appointment for a medication check before you request a further supply.

Each request should contain your full name, address and date of birth, so that we can identify you. You should also tell us exactly which medication you are requesting. You will receive a computerised tear-off slip with each prescription. You can use this for future requests.

Written requests for repeat prescription may be posted to the surgery, delivered by hand or sent by email (click HERE) or by using the Emis system if you have registered (click HERE). We do not accept requests for repeat prescriptions over the telephone, or verbally at the reception desk.

Please allow at least 2 working days (taking account of Public Holidays) for preparation of the prescription. When we receive your request, various safety checks are carried out to make sure it is in line with medication previously prescribed, and that it is still appropriate. We also check that you are due to receive further supplies, and that you are not due for a medication check. Any request which doesn't give us sufficient information, is received too early, or is out of the ordinary in any way will cause extra work and delay. Please help us to operate safely and efficiently, so that we can give you a good service.

When ready, prescriptions may be collected in person, posted back to you (if you have provided a stamped self-addressed envelope) or passed to a local chemist of your choice, if you have requested this.

If you are a newly registered patient, you will need to see the doctor first for assessment and confirmation of your medication and dosage, before your medication can be prescribed. If you haven't already done so, please arrange an appointment for this purpose.

Private prescriptions. These can only be issued if accompanied by a typed letter from the Consultant. We advise that you go to the clinics pharmacy for the first issue as until a letter has been typed and received by the practice we cannot issue a prescription. You may like to get the letter before leaving the Private clinic. Transferring private prescriptions will require the same safety checks as NHS prescriptions; you should allow two working days for processing.

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