INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS ABOUT 28 DAY PRESCRIBING
What is changing?
The Oaks Medical Centre is changing to 28 day prescribing for 'repeat prescriptions'. A repeat prescription is a medication that your doctor has authorised to be supplied for a certain period of time on a regular basis without having to see your doctor for each prescription.
How will 28 day prescribing affect you?
If your doctor has authorised you to receive 'repeat prescriptions' he or she will now prescribe enough of each medicine to last you 28 days. You will therefore need to re-order your repeat prescription every 28 days. You wont need to see your GP (or nurse) any more often than before the change.
Why is this change happening?
- Many medicines are now packaged in 28- day packs and large quantities in multiple packs can lead to confusion for some patients.
- At the moment, a large number of patients need to order their repeat prescription items several times a month, because their medicines run out at different times. From now on you should only need to order your repeat prescription roughly once a month for regular medication. If you are running out of some items or have too much of some medication, please tell the Practice.
- With regular ordering, it will be easier for your doctor to review all the repeat medicines you are taking at the same time.
- 28 day prescribing reduces the amount of medicine which is currently wasted when medicines are stopped or changed by doctors. It also reduces the amount which is wasted when partly filled containers are thrown away.
- There is a national guidance that some medicines should not be prescibed for more then 30 days at a time.
28 days supply of medication produces a good balance between patient convenience, safety and risk of medicines waste.
If you have any questions about 28 day prescribing, or would like more information, please contact the GP practice. You can also ask your community pharmacist for further information or contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 218 2333.