Repeat Dispensing

What is repeat dispensing?

Repeat Dispensing offers an alternative way to request your medication. Repeat Dispensing means that the prescriber can authorise up to 12 months’ supply of regular medication without the need for the prescriber to issue and sign a new prescription each time. The Pharmacy can then dispense your medication at an agreed interval (usually every 2 months). These prescriptions are sometimes called ‘batch prescriptions’.

Who is suitable for repeat dispensing prescriptions?

This service is beneficial for patients who are stable on their medication and no changes have been made recently. Patients who are unstable or having frequent changes to their medication, prescribed controlled drugs (such as morphine or oxycodone) or have been prescribed a new medication where the dosage is likely to change are not suitable for this service

What are the advantages of repeat dispensing?

The advantages of repeat dispensing are that the prescription process is simplified. Once a repeat dispensing prescription is issued by the surgery you can go straight to the Pharmacy to collect the next supply of medication and only need to request a prescription from the surgery every 12 months. Your Pharmacist will know when your next issue is due and can have it prepared in advance thereby avoiding delays in you receiving your medication.

Your Pharmacist will check how you are getting on with your medication and ask if you have started any new medication since your last issue of medication. It is very important to reduce wasted medicines and so the Pharmacist will check if you need all your regular medication each time they are issued. You can choose which Pharmacy you collect your medication from by notifying the surgery.

In addition, this service reduces the workload of the practice administrative team and doctors as the prescriptions are only signed once a year rather than every one or two months. The number of prescription requests is increasing each year and this service allows the practice to process prescriptions more efficiently.

My Pharmacy requests my prescriptions for me can I use this service?

Yes. This service is an efficient way of requesting prescriptions, reduces the workload for your Pharmacy and the practice, and reduces delays in you receiving your medication. Please ask your Pharmacy if you would be suitable for this service.  

How do I arrange repeat dispensing?

If you think you would be suitable for the repeat dispensing service please contact the surgery.

If you are taking blood pressure tablets or medication that requires an annual blood test or other monitoring then we will need to have an up to date blood pressure or blood test before you can be set up on repeat dispensing. Your blood pressure can be measured in the waiting room and handed in to reception to be recorded on your notes.


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