Repeat Prescriptions

If you regularly need prescriptions on a long term basis a “repeat slip” is generated by the computer and should be presented at the surgery, when a request is made, to ensure that the correct medication and dosage is prescribed. If the repeat slip is mislaid please submit a written request for the items required which must include the following details: your full name, your date of birth and address, the name and strengths (mg/mls) of your medication and the amount taken daily and why you need it (what it is being used to treat). Under normal circumstances we aim for your repeat prescriptions to be available for collection from the surgery or from named pharmacy of your choice within 48 hours.
 
You can:
 
  • hand your repeat slip in at Reception or your usual pharmacy (who will then deliver it to reception for you) or put it into the box in the entrance foyer of the surgery
  • post your request (please include an SAE if you wish your prescription to be returned by post)
  • push it through the surgery letter box (if surgery is closed)
 
PLEASE NOTE: For Health & Safety reasons we do not accept requests for medication over the telephone. 
 
If you wish to have your prescription collected by your usual pharmacy please indicate this on your repeat slip.
 
It is important to remember that patients on repeat medication need to be reviewed by a Clinician annually. Please do make an appointment to see a GP when your repeat slip says “please see GP”. Further medication cannot be issued without the review taking place.

SAFE PRESCRIBING: Prescribing advisors advocate prescribing medicines for up to 28 days this also minimises waste which cost the NHS billions each year. Only in exceptional circumstances will we relax this rule. 
Some patients will have received a letter telling them of changes we intend to make to repeat medications.  Working with the pharmacy advisor of Flintshire Local Health Board, we have made some changes as have other practices in the country.  Some of these changes are to help spend public money more effectively such as not prescribing more expensive drugs where less expensive ones in the same drug family will do the same job.  Other changes are to ensure brand continuity in the case of a few drugs where this can help with the care of patients.
In all cases, we hope and expect no inconvenience or problems for patients but if you have concerns about your medication please do talk to your pharmacist or to your GP.


Last updated: 02/01/2008