Repeat Prescribing Policy
The safety and wellbeing of our patients is paramount.
- We cannot accept repeat requests over the phone. Only via e-mail or using our online access system. Please do not bring in paper requests during the covid pandemic to minimise the spread of infection.
- Please note this service is only for medications that have been approved to be given to you without seeing the Doctor. All medications require a review at least once a year. You may also be required to have some tests such as blood tests or a blood pressure check
- We recommend and encourage patients to sign up to the Patient Online Access system to order medications. Patient Online Access
- We are constantly reviewing your medications in line with current guidance and updates and we may contact you if it is in your best interests to change or adjust your medications.
- Some medicines cannot go on “repeat” and must stay as “acute” medicines – these are usually ones that need to be reviewed regularly (eg oral nutritional supplements such as fortisips) or that need special monitoring (eg methotrexate or warfarin).
- Please allow at least 3 working days to order your pre-approved prescription
- Urgent prescription requests can be made at the Practice or directly at your pharmacy.
- If you are unable to use the Patient Online Access System then your request must be in writing to the Practice via e mail or in person unless you are on our housebound register.
We encourage all our patients to use the Electronic Prescribing Service and Save the Trees! You can have your prescription sent electronically to the Pharmacy of your choice. Sign up at your local pharmacy or in the Practice.
- Please note prescriptions issued to you by the hospital have to be dispensed from the hospital pharmacy for the first two weeks. We will not deal with these at the Practice as it is part of the package of care you should receive from the hospital.
- The hospital will write directly to us to let us know if this should be added to your repeat list after the two weeks.
- All medications prescribed outside of the practice will need to be assessed by our Team to ensure it falls within our formulary to prescribe and also that they are happy to reissue the medication.
Private prescriptions are medication which your private Doctor has recommended for you on a private prescription. A private prescription is not written on an official NHS prescription and so is not paid for by the NHS. The cost of a private prescription is met wholly by the patient and is dictated by the cost of the medicine plus the pharmacists charge for supplying it. A doctor you see privately can’t issue an NHS prescription.
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Requests to convert Private Prescriptions to FP10s following assessment or treatment in the private healthcare sector
A GP in the surgery at which you are registered can only provide a private prescription if the drug is not available on the NHS.
How can you help us?
- By coming in for regular medication reviews when required.
- By responding to any requests that we put on your script: for example blood tests/ BP measurement etc.
- By attaching copies of blood tests required before a script can be issued ( for example INR with warfarin). Please ask a member of the reception team if any queries about this.
- By telling us about changes in medication from other sources, for example, consultants. Usually, we get correspondence about this but sometimes there can be a time delay between your attendance at clinic and us getting information. If you have written confirmation about changes, please do not hesitate to let us know.
- By telling us when you do not wish to take a medication/ side effects are intolerable. We are happy to discuss this and would like to make decisions about medications jointly with you.
- Ordering your medication on time. If it is very early (more than 2 weeks before due) or late, we may need to discuss this with you.