Patients stabilised on long-term medicines may request repeat prescriptions, preferably with their computer printout in writing, in person or by fax.
For patients` safety we DO NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS.
The prescription will be ready for collection after two working days, or can be posted if a SAE is included in the request.
Friday requests will not be ready until Tuesday afternoon.
PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS OVER A BANK HOLIDAYS
If a prescription is requested on a Friday before a bank holiday the precription will not be ready until the following Wedneday evening.
Did You Know?
Wasted medicine waste money
Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS across the UK over £300 million every year.
£300 million could pay for:
· 80,906 MORE hip replacements*
· 101,351 MORE knee replacements*
· 19,799 MORE drug treatment courses for breast cancer*
· 11,778 MORE community nurses*
· 300,000 MORE drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's*
*Based on average costs
How Can You Help?
There are a number of ways that you can help to reduce the issue of wasted medicines and save money for your local NHS.
Only order the medicines that you need
- Please let your GP or Pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines
- Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering
· Discuss your medication with your GP or Pharmacist on a regular basis
- Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription forms and only tick those you really need
- If you don’t need the medicine please don’t order it! If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it.
- If you need to go into hospital, please remember to take all your medicines with you in a clearly marked bag.
- Please also remember that your medicines are prescribed only for you; it’s not safe to share them with anyone else.
Remember that unused medicines cannot be recycled
- Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the Pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
· Please bring your unused medicines to the Pharmacy for safe disposal .
- NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet
Unused medicines are a safety risk
· Return out of date medicines to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal
- If your medicines change - return your old medicines to the pharmacy for safe disposal to avoid mixing them up with your new medicines
- Don't stockpile medication - it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them
Store medicines in an appropriate place out of reach of children