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Since the prescription order line has closed, we have started to issue your prescription’s in advance, when your prescription is due this will be automatically issued to the pharmacy on a 28 day / 1 month basis. If you order online or via the NHS app, you may be unable to re-request some medication or it may show as being already issued or dated in the future, as we have already issued this for you.
We can’t do this with medication you don’t take regularly or with controlled drugs, however we will set this up where possible.
Please can we ask you do not contact our reception team via phone regarding this.
For more information please see below.
The prescriptions are stored securely, electronically on the NHS Spine.
The prescription is sent electronically to the patient’s nominated community pharmacy at intervals set by the prescriber. This will usually be every month or every 2 months.
We are changing patient to this system now to help the GP practice and your community pharmacy reduce the amount of time spent processing repeat prescriptions. This is important to help the NHS manage its workload during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As well as helping the GP Practice and Pharmacy there are also benefits for the patient:
The prescription will be sent automatically to your nominated pharmacy each month.
You will then need to arrange to collect your medication or ask a friend, relative or neighbour to collect your medication for you.
If your pharmacy delivers your medication they should have this on their records and automatically deliver the prescription each time they receive it.
If you stop taking any of your medicines and no longer need them, tell your pharmacy and they will return this medicine electronically so that it is not wasted and the NHS will not be charged.
If you will need the medicine later in the same month or before the rest of your medicines are due then still collect it from your pharmacy.
Repeat dispensing works best when you collect all your medicines at the same time each month/every 2 months.
All of the medicines that you are prescribed to be taken regularly each day will be changed to repeat dispensing.
If you have other medicines that you only take occasionally you will still need to order these from the Practice as usual.
It is important that we make sure medicines are not wasted. When medicines are only taken occasionally it is difficult to tell how much of this medication is needed each month.
So, to reduce waste we have taken the decision not to put this type of medicine on repeat dispensing.
There are also some medicines such as those that need close monitoring and strong pain killers which cannot be supplied in this way. Patients will only be changed to repeat dispensing if all their regular medications can be issued this way.
No. only patients that the prescriber has decided are safe to use repeat dispensing will be changed to this type of prescription.
Each patient is being reviewed individually by one of our Prescribers to decide if repeat dispensing is suitable.
You can ask your pharmacy at any time how many more supplies you have left on your repeat dispensing prescription.
In addition the pharmacy will tell you when they dispense the last supply from your repeat dispensing prescription. You will need to make an appointment at the Practice for a review before your medicines run out. Your prescriber will then assess if repeat dispensing is still suitable for you and issue your next prescription.