- These need careful checking and we ask that you request them in writing using our written repeat prescription cards, or by email or fax if you do not have a card from us.
- We can show on these cards how well certain conditions have been running, which can be helpful if people want to take steps to improve their health. We also use the cards to invite people for check-ups. We have asked our pharmacy colleagues to return the cards to you so that you can see what we have written on them.
- Repeat prescriptions can also be requested online instead of using our written repeat prescription cards. For security reasons, we will ask you to come to the practice with your driving license, passport or equivalent photo ID, and two non-mobile phone utility bills showing proof of address. We can then register you to have access to your medical record online in order to ask for repeat prescriptions without having to use the written repeat prescription card. We can also send you notes about your prescription with this system which is convenient and secure. You will still have a green prescription form to pick up from us, or arrange for a chemist to pick it up on your behalf.
- People sometimes ask us to reissue a prescription they have lost. The daily value of NHS prescriptions issued by this practice is over £1000 worth of public money, and we expect people to take care of their prescriptions which can be surprisingly expensive. To put it in context, we could to a hip operation every 4 days with the money we spend on repeat prescriptions. The majority of bankruptcies in the United States are related to the high cost of medications. So please take care of your prescription, and make sure it gets safely to the chemist.
- If you do ask your chemist to collect the prescription on your behalf, please do ask for your repeat prescription card back from the chemist so that you can request repeat drugs yourself. This is to stop unnecessary supplies building up, which could be dangerous, particularly if your medication is changed.
- Please allow two working days for us to process your repeat medication, as it needs careful checking.
Electronic Repeat Prescriptions
This is a new system where a file is sent to your chemist of choice by the practice computer, without the need for a printed green prescription form signed by the doctor. The file is transmitted on the national NHS file system. It is secure, but it means that you cannot take your prescription around to a different chemist if your registered chemist does not happen to have your tablets in stock. This suits some patients, but not everybody. We plan to be able to offer this service in the near future.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account. (So, if you come into surgery and request your prescription at 4pm on a Monday afternoon, your prescription will not be ready until after 4pm on the following Wednesday).