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Repeat Prescriptions

green_pillsPatients stabilised on long-term medicines may request repeat prescriptions, preferably with their computer printout in writing, in person or by fax.


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.


If a prescription is requested on a Friday before a bank holiday the precription will not be ready until the following Wedneday evening. 


MEDICINES WASTE                        
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·        Return out of date medicines to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal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

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