On an annual (or occasionally 6 monthly) basis the clinic will need to update your list of prescribed medication on your medical records. Is the medicine list accurate? Do you need all the medicines? This is known as the medication review.
Sometimes, if the list is a simple one, the doctor may choose to update from your most recent consultation, or Hospital correspondence. You won’t be contacted, but you will be able to continue requesting the same medication for the next 12 months. Alternatively, you will receive a text, or note attached to your prescription, asking you to book a routine appointment with a Doctor before your next prescription is due.
We will continue to issue repeat prescriptions for a patient’s regular medication, which have already been agreed with the Doctor, without attending for a consultation, subject to an up-to-date Medication Review. Any alterations to your routine prescribed medication must be discussed with a Doctor, and both the clinic and your pharmacist should be made aware of these changes. There may be a small charge for this service.
Methods of ordering your prescriptions are:
- In Person : Complete a Repeat Prescription request form and leave in to reception.
- By Post : Post in a completed Repeat Prescription request form.
- By Email : Complete a Repeat Prescription request form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prescriptions can be collected from the surgery or emailed to your pharmacy of choice and cannot be posted, faxed or left in the pharmacy.
Safe storage of medicines:
Always remember to keep medicines out of the reach of children, and in a cool, dry place. Remember medicine goes out of date! If you have regular medicines from your doctor on a repeat prescription, only order what you need, so that you don’t keep too many at home.
Take all old and unwanted medicine back to your pharmacy:
Each year people are harmed or killed by accidentally poisoning themselves with medicines. Don’t be a statistic…
Why can’t I throw my medicines away myself?
By throwing your old medicines into the rubbish bin or down the toilet you can affect the ecology of the water system. If everyone threw their old medicines away, the environment would become polluted by all the antibiotics, hormones and other drugs in your medicine cupboard.
Why should I bring my medicines back to the Pharmacist?
So that unwanted medicine can be disposed of in a safe way. All returned medicines will be incinerated.
Will my medicines be recycled?
No, definitely not. Your old medicines will be incinerated and not reused or recycled in any way.
Will my old medicines go to third world countries?
No, for many reasons this is impossible. It is not possible to predict the need of the population to which they would be sent. Also, the identity, quality or security of the medicines cannot be guaranteed.
When can I take my medicines into the Pharmacy?
At any time (according to opening hours) you can take your old medicines into your local Pharmacy, for safe disposal.