28 DAY REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS

We have made improvements to the way we organise and issue repeat prescriptions. We now only issue repeat prescriptions for one month at a time. All the Danebridge Doctors support this policy.

What are the benefits of 28-day prescribing?

  • Most patients should only have to visit the practice once a month to collect all their repeat medicines. Presently a large number of patients make several visits to their doctor a month because their medicines all run out at different times.

  • Companies already manufacture a large number of medicines in 28-day calendar packs. These packs have patient information leaflets inside and ideally they should not be broken into. The government is encouraging companies to manufacture more medicines in these types of packs

  • It is easier to review all of the repeat medicines. Your doctor needs to review your medication on a regular basis to make sure that you are getting the best treatment

  • It will reduce waste. Around 10% of all medicines dispensed are not used. That adds up to about 300,000 a year for Danebridge. Waste can occur because treatments are stopped, changed, ordered by mistake or lost. If larger amounts are given out each time , the amounts wasted are greater.

  • It will reduce the amount of medicine you have at home. Medicines can be dangerous if taken by people they are not intended for, and safe storage can be a problem with large amounts of medicines. If large quantities are issued that may go out of date before they are needed and may not work properly.

What if I pay for my prescriptions?

If you pay for your prescriptions, you may be able to save money by getting a prepayment certificate. It is cheaper to buy a prepayment certificate if you get more than one item on prescription each month. You can get an application form from the surgery, from a community pharmacy, by phoning 0845 850 0030 or from the web at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_099155.pdf

What if I have a question?

Questions and concerns may be raised via the suggestion box in reception at the surgery.

Repeat Prescription Checklist

  • Remember to order your medicines once a month

  • Only order the medicines that you need

  • Make sure that you don't run out - let us have your request while you still have a few days of medication in hand.

  • Allow two working days for your prescription to be issued

  • If you are running out of some medicines early or are being given too much, please tell the practice.

  • Take any medicines you don't need to your local pharmacy for safe disposal

  • Make sure your medicines are stored safely

  • Remember that your doctor will want to review your medicines from time to time.

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