Patients taking regular medication are usually able to obtain repeated prescriptions without having to see a doctor on each occasion. However we do carry out annual reviews with patients who are on repeat medication.
With each prescription is a computer slip listing the medications prescribed. This will also inform patients if it is likely that their prescription needs reviewing by their doctor before a further issue. We advise all patients to take note of these slips and keep them safe.
How Do I Order My Repeat Prescription?
Patients on long-term medication can order repeat prescriptions in a number of ways:
- By using our online Repeat Prescription Request form.
- By posting your prescription advice slip to the surgery, clearly marking the required drugs.
- By making a request at the surgery in person.
- By making a request at your preferred pharmacy if you have joined our repeat dispensing scheme.
We cannot accept prescription requests via telephone as this can lead to errors.
Please allow two complete working days before collection and make allowances for weekends and public holidays. If your medication requires authorisation then you may need to see a doctor before a further prescription is issued. Usually where this is the case, your previous prescription will have had a warning message attached.
What is repeat dispensing?
It is a new way of getting your medicines or other prescribed items without asking your doctor for a prescription each time. If your prescription list is regular and unchanging then this is an ideal method for you. If your medicines are constantly changing in dose or type, then repeat dispensing is not a good method.
How does it work?
Your doctor will sign and give you an authorising repeat dispensing prescription along with a number of repeat dispensing issue forms. You should then take all of these to the pharmacy of your choice. The pharmacist will then issue your first prescription.
What do I do when my prescription runs out?
You should return to the pharmacy where your next issue will be dispensed.
What happens when my repeat dispensing issue forms have run out?
You should return to your doctor for review of your medication. Your pharmacist should advise you when your issue forms have run out.
Do I need to use the same pharmacy?
Yes. Most pharmacies provide this service. If you wish to change, you will need to get a fresh authorisation and set of issues from your doctor.
View the cost of prescriptions on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/how-much-nhs-prescription-charge.
You can also find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/get-help-with-prescription-costs.