Some patients may need medication on a long-term basis. Your GP will decide with you which medicines you need to take long-term. These medicines can be issued for a set period, usually on a one or two month prescription, but the GP will vary this review date for each patient. Certain medicines cannot be given on long-term prescriptions, e.g antidepressants.
If your medicines are changed, the new medication may not be included on your repeat list until the GP has confirmed that the new medication is suitable for you.
Oral contraception pills are not given out on repeat prescription. You will be issued a 3 or 6 month supply and you will need to see your GP or nurse for a blood pressure and pill check with each prescription.
Certain drugs require regular monitoring and blood tests. For example, patients on lithium will require lithium, kidney and thyroid blood tests. If you have not had the necessary blood tests taken, you may not be issued with your repeat prescription.
Order repeat prescriptions via your local pharmacy
Ordering repeat prescriptions can be a pain and can take up a lot of your time. If you regularly order repeat prescriptions from your GP, your local pharmacy can save you time and trouble.
You can order your prescription from the practice and then collect your medicines directly from the pharmacy of your choice (ask your local pharmacist how to register for this service). You won't have to wait for your medicines to be dispensed.
If your medications change you must let your pharmacy know.