We have received a number of comments recently regarding the policy to prescribe only one months’ worth of medication. According to the Department of Health ‘A 28 day prescribing interval is recognised by the NHS as making the best possible balance between patient convenience, good medical practice and minimal drug wastage’.
If you are prescribed a repeat medicine your doctor will be prescribing enough of each tablet to last, you for 28 days. For example, if the dose requires you to take 2 tablets a day you will receive 56 tablets. There are some drugs which are packaged in 3 monthly amounts and continue to be dispensed in these packs, for example, contraceptive pills and HRT.
The vast majority of patients collecting repeat prescriptions do not pay prescription charges. However, if you do pay for your prescriptions and need more than 5 items in 4 months or 14 items in 12 months you can save money by buying a Prescription Pre-Payment Certificate.
Finally, to help you and your doctor:
- Your prescription should last at least 28 days.
- Be prepared to attend the surgery annually for medication reviews. The doctor/nurse is making sure that the medication you are taking is still the best way to manage your medical condition.
- Do not stockpile medicines at home, only order those items that you will need until your next prescription is obtained.
- We ask for 72 hours to dispense repeat medication.