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.
To help explain this we have broken it down into a step by step guide.
The first step is to talk to the person who prescribes your medications. Ask them if you can use repeat dispensing. Your prescriber will usually be your doctor or your practice nurse. They will then ask 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.
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 your ready to hand it to the pharmacist. The pharmacist can help you to 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 you issue forms in a safe place or ask the pharmacy to look after them. You will need one each time you collect your medication.
Next time you need more medicine, go back to the same pharmacy with a new issue form. If the pharmacy is looking after the 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 the medication.
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