published on 07 August 2019
Repeat prescriptions are the regular medicines that you can order without having to see your Doctor each time.
Pharmacies will not be able to order medicines on your behalf. You will still receive the medicines you need, however you will need to order your repeat prescription directly from your GP practice.
There are a number of ways that you can order your medication:
1. On line from your GP practice - if you are not already registered for patient online, speak to the practice or visit the nhs online service.
2. Use the white, tear off part of your repeat prescription and return it to the practice, identifying which medicines you require
This is the only change, once you have ordered your prescription from the practice it can still be sent to your usual pharmacy for dispensing.
If you already order repeat presciptions directly from your GP practice this change will not affect you.
From September 2019 your GP practice will not accept repeat prescription requests from pharmacies. You will need to order your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice when you have 7-10 days of medicines left. Only order the medicines you need.
Remember your GP practice and community pharmacy need time to prepare and despense prescriptions. Don't leave it until the last minute.
If you still want your community pharmacy to collect and deliver your prescription, please ensure you inform your chosen pharmacy.
The NHS is making this change so your GP can monitor and discuss with you what medicines you may need and no longer need. This change improves your safety and gives you more control of your medicines.
If you help understanding this change, please contact your GP practice who will be able to advise you.