Repeat Prescription Service has been withdrawn
As of the 1st May 2018 the repeat prescription service which is offered by the pharmacies is no longer available for Highbridge patients. This is following recommendations from Somerset CCG, Highbridge Medical Centre has taken the decision to withdraw this service.
You can place an order for your repeat prescription by one of the following ways:
- Dropping your repeat prescription request at your local pharmacy
- Dropping your repeat prescription request at the GP practice
- Placing an order online –
- - Via the practice website www.highbridgemc.nhs.uk
- - Via the patient access app (speak to reception to sign up)
- Posting your request directly to the surgery
- Sending a fax via 01278 795486
If you already order your repeat prescriptions directly from your GP surgery this change will not affect you.
Pharmacies that collect prescriptions from the GP surgery for dispensing and those that offer the delivery service will continue to do so.
As your GP surgery will no longer accept repeat requests from your pharmacy you will need to order your repeat prescriptions from your GP surgery when you have 7 to 10 days of medication left.
What you need to do:
Don’t leave it until the last minute to order and remember that your pharmacy will also need at least 48 hours to dispense your medicines. We advise that you place your order 7-10 days before you are going to run out.
Why is this happening?
Under the old system patients built up a stock of unused medicines. The NHS can reduce the cost of waste medicines through improving repeat prescribing systems. The money saved through reducing medicines waste will be used to assist all areas within the NHS.
The new system is also safer as your GP can monitor your prescribed medicines more easily and discuss the prescription items that you need to continue at your regular reviews.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding through this transition period.
Highbridge Medical Centre Prescription Team
If you, or someone you care for, use the same medicines regularly you may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing.
This scheme is used to produce six months of prescriptions which are kept by your chosen pharmacy and means that during the life of the repeatable prescription you can call at the pharmacy and collect your continued supply of medicines, the same day, without the need to wait and reorder prescriptions through the surgery.
Each time you visit the pharmacy, they will check that the medicines are still needed and are being used appropriately. It is also an opportunity to make better use of pharmacists' skills by helping patients get the most out of their medicines and working with patients to make a professional decision when to dispense the supply of medicines
If you require more information, please speak to the prescription team or reception.