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 Practice Doctors support this policy.
What are the benefits of 28-day prescribing?
It will reduce waste. Around 10% of all medicines dispensed are not used. That adds up to about £300,000 a year for Deerness Park Medical Group. 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 If large quantities are issued that may go out of date before they are needed and may not work properly.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