**IMPORTANT CHANGES TO REPEAT PRESCRIPTION ORDERING**
Choosing Wisely Programme- A NHS medicines cost campaign
The NHS across North West London combined spent over £13 million last year on products that can be bought without a prescription at community pharmacies.
The NHS is under pressure and budgets are not large enough to pay for all the treatments the NHS would like to purchase. Local NHS commissioners would like to spend less on medicines patients can buy without a prescription so as to free up funds for other valuable NHS services. We have been asked to consider all prescriptions for over the counter medication and to advise our patients when the medicine that we recommend for you is available to buy without a prescription at community pharmacies. This also means that if you require this medicine again you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment but can go straight to the community pharmacist to get it, saving both you and the doctor time.
Thank you for supporting this campaign and when you buy the medicine at the pharmacy, please ask for the least expensive appropriate form of the item.
Please click on this link for a list of medicines that can be purchased without a prescription and approximate prices
Please remember that the recommendation is that you request your medication ON LINE so please ensure that you register for on line services to arrange this.
GP form for recommended medicines which are available without prescription
Do you have a repeat prescription? If so please read the below information about important changes to the ordering process.
Some of our patients manage their own repeat prescriptions by placing their requests with the GP practice or by ordering them online. However, other patients use a pharmacy service to place their repeat prescription order on their behalf.
If you currently use a pharmacy service to order your repeat prescriptions, this is now changing.
What is changing?
From Monday 3rd December 2018 we will no longer accept repeat prescription requests from your pharmacy.
You (or your carer/nominated family member/friend) will have to order your repeat prescription from the practice.
How do I order my prescription from my GP practice?
Your prescription will need to be ordered using one of the following options:
1) Drop off or post to us the tick slip – this is the white right-hand side of your prescription (see image below) selecting only the items you need. If you don’t have your order slip please put your request in writing. Please write your full name, date of birth and list the medications you require (including name of the medication and strength).
2) ORDERING ONLINE – it is much easier than you think, VERY CONVENIENT and we at the practice will help you to set this up. You also get the added bonus of then being able to book your GP appointments online also!
3) Posted with self-stamped addressed envelope.
Unfortunately we are unable to take prescription requests over the phone as mistakes are more likely due to:
• Errors made when writing out the request &/or Confusion with drug name pronunciation
What is not changing?
• If you already order repeat prescriptions directly from your GP Practice this change will not affect you.
• Pharmacies can continue to collect prescriptions from GP practices.
• Pharmacies can still receive prescriptions electronically.
• Pharmacies can still deliver medications and other items to you.
What can I do to help reduce medicines waste?
Before you order your repeat prescriptions:
• Check how many days of medication you have left before ordering
• Allow enough time when ordering your repeat prescription for those items that you need. You should order when you have 7-10 days of medicines left so that your prescription is ready to collect at the practice or at your nominated Pharmacy. Please note it takes 48 hours to turn a prescription around in the GP surgery from ordering to it being ready to be collected.
• Remember to only order the items you need
Worried about being able to cope with this change?
If you are worried about the impact of this change on yourself or someone else and you feel that you will need further support please contact your GP Practice Reception Team.
Important: Please do not stop taking any medication unless instructed to do so by your GP.
Please allow 48 working hours for your prescription to be ready, we recommend checking your medication regularly to ensure sufficient time is left to place an order.
If you are going abroad, a one off prescription for 3 months can be given. For longer periods away we would recommend a consultation with a local doctor, or arranging a private prescription from the surgery to cover the additional time away.