Prescribing of medication is determined in 2 ways: Repeat medication which is medication a patient may need to take over a lengthy period and acute medication which is medication prescribed usually as short term one off measure.
Patients on repeat medication can obtain prescriptions for a certain length of time without having to visit the doctor. However medication reviews will be required at intervals throughout the year. This review date is highlighted on prescription and it is the patient responsibility to ensure that they see a GP for their review.
Medication even under the repeat prescribing heading cannot be issued if the review medication date has expired. Reception staff do not have the authority to authorise prescriptions. These are given at the discretion of the GP. And acute prescribing will not be authorised without a review with the doctor.
If you require a repeat prescription you can hand in your ‘tear off’ counterfoil to reception marking the items you require or in the boxes located in each reception area. You can also applying in writing to the practice again requesting only the items you require.
A minimum of 36 hours (48 hours for nursing homes and dispensing patients) is required to process a prescription. But please note that this time scale only refers to medication that is within its review date.
A prescription collection service is available from local pharmacies. Forms for this service are available direct from the pharmacies.