A repeat prescription is a medicine that your GP has prescribed on your prescription letter, which can be supplied for certain duration on a regular basis without the need to visiting your GP each time.
Typically, repeat prescriptions are authorised for around a period of six to 12 months. However, it may vary with the type of medication and the doctor’s discretion.
How to get my prescription?
Your GP will provide you the first prescription that will have two parts. The “green” slip is the actual prescription, which you submit to your pharmacist to get your medicines. The “white” slip shows the list of medications that you can order on a regular basis for a specific period. It is called repeat re-order form.
You need to tick the medicines that you need on a regular basis on your GP’s consent. And then you can re-order your repeat prescriptions.
Can I ask my pharmacist to collect my prescription?
Yes! Many pharmacists offer a prescription collection service from the GP. An electronic prescription is an important tool that can be shared between your GP and pharmacist to help you collect your medicines without visiting your GP’s clinic. You can speak to your GP and nominated pharmacist for more information on electronic prescription and repeat prescription online service.
What if I need medicines urgently?
It is imperative that you place your repeat prescription online at least two working days before running out of medicine. However, if you fail to do so, you can consult your GP who can offer you a prescription urgently in an exceptional case. This will depend on your GP being available to sign a prescription.
When my medicine will not be put on repeat prescription?
It is not appropriate to put or continue a medication on a repeated prescription. This may occur if the medicine is for a short course for an acute problem; for example, antibiotics for acute bacterial infections. When a review is required on overdue, your GP may stop the medicine that is considered unsafe when used for longer period.
If you use the same medications regularly, you can reap the benefits of repeat prescription online from your nominated pharmacy. This means you do not require visiting your GP or make a telephonic consultation every time you need your medicines. You can pick up your medicines from your pharmacy or receive your repeat prescriptions at your home through a nominated online pharmacy.
Pharmacy Outlet, a GPhC and MHRA registered online pharmacy in UK, offers repeat prescription online service. You can nominate Pharmacy Outlet by clicking here or calling on 03333 222 400.