Prescriptions

A new way to get your regular prescriptions

If you, or someone you care for use the same medicines regularly, you may not need to get new prescriptions every time you need more medicine. Talk to you doctor, Silverfields Chemist or a practice nurse to find out more.

If you, or someone you care for use the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing from the pharmacist. This means you won’t have to visit the surgery or make an appointment to see the doctor or practice nurse every time you need more medicine.

There are 3 easy steps you need to follow below.

Step 1
The first step is to talk to the person who prescribes your medicines - you prescriber - and ask them if you can use repeat dispensing. Your prescriber will usually be your doctor or practice nurse. They will then ask you for permission to share information with your pharmacist about your treatment. This will help the pharmacist give your prescriber information about your treatment, and give you useful advice. You may be asked to sign an agreement form. Your prescriber will give you a signed authorisation form (which is valid up to a year) and some repeat dispensing issue forms. They will explain to you what these forms are for.

Step 2
The next step is for you to take the authorisation form and one of your issue forms to the pharmacy when you need your first batch of medicine. You don’t need to fill in or sign the issue form until you’re ready to hand it to the pharmacist. The pharmacist can help you complete your form if you’re not sure what to do. Let the pharmacist know if you’re taking any other medicines, or if your condition has changed recently. The pharmacist keeps your authorisation form. You should keep the rest of your issue forms in a safe place, or ask the pharmacy to look after them for you. You will need one each time you collect your medicine.

Step 3
Next time you need more medicine, go back to the same pharmacy with a new issue form. If the pharmacy is looking after forms for you, contact them and tell them you need more medicine so they can have it ready for you when you go in. Remember to fill in your issue form when you get to the pharmacy so they can give you your medicine. If you have any questions, just ask the pharmacist. They’ll be happy to help you.

For further information please take a look at the fact sheet below or email us using the contact form opposite.

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