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Repeat Dispensing

If you or a loved one regularly rely on the same medications, you may find electronic repeat prescriptions to be a convenient option. With this service, you won’t need to manually reorder your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice each time you require more medication.

Step 1:
Consult with your GP or the healthcare professional responsible for prescribing your medications. In most cases, this will be your doctor or practice nurse.

If your prescriber believes electronic repeat prescriptions would suit your needs for your regular medications, they’ll seek your permission to share treatment information with your pharmacist. This allows your pharmacist to provide feedback to your prescriber about your treatment and offer valuable advice.

Your GP or prescriber will then authorize a set number of electronic repeat prescriptions based on your circumstances and clinical requirements. These electronic repeat prescriptions will be dispensed to you by your pharmacy at regular intervals.

Step 2:
Receive your first electronic repeat prescription delivery from your pharmacy.

Step 3:
When you require additional medications, reach out to your pharmacy. Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your pharmacy will inquire about:

– Any recent consultations with health professionals (GP, nurse, or hospital doctor) since your last repeat prescription was supplied.
– Any new medications you’ve started taking, whether prescribed or over-the-counter.
– Any challenges or side effects you’ve encountered with your medication.
– Any items on your repeat prescription that you don’t require for the current month.

If you don’t need all the medicines listed on your prescription, inform the pharmacy staff so they can supply only the necessary items. This helps reduce waste and saves NHS resources.

Step 4:
When your pharmacy dispenses your final electronic repeat prescription in the series authorized by your GP, they’ll advise you to contact your GP practice. Your doctor or practice nurse may want to conduct a medication review before authorizing additional electronic repeat prescriptions.

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