Repeat Prescriptions and Forms

Requesting a Repeat Prescription

Change In Protocol October 2016

We recently undertook a quality and safety initiative in repeat prescribing as part of our ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care. An external assessment of our repeat prescribing process was undertaken by the Medical Protection Society at our request.

One of their principle recommendations was to move to a ‘Written Request ‘system for repeat prescriptions which is now considered best practice and has been shown internationally to improve patient safety. In addition, increasing the turnaround time for prescription requests from 24 to 48 hrs allows more time for careful completion of this complex task which has been shown to reduce potential errors in the prescribing process.

Therefore, in light of this advice, we plan to introduce a new repeat prescription policy from September 2016.

What are Repeat Prescriptions?

They are prescriptions for your regular medications that you can get without having to see your doctor. It means that you do not have to see your doctor every time you need your medicines. If you take your medications regularly ordering this way can save you and your doctor time.

HOW DO I ORDER MY REPEAT PRESCRIPTION?

  1. When you next require a repeat prescription, our reception staff can print off a list of your Long Term Medication for you .
  2. Please mark only those items that you need by ticking the box next to each item. Please do not tick items that you do not need.
  3. Alternatively, Reception can give you a blank request form .
  4. Then take or send your Repeat Prescription Request to the surgery. There is a designated repeat prescription box situated inside the front door.
  5. Please allow 48 hours / 2 working days before collection.
  6. If you are unable to get to the surgery you may send in your prescription:
    1. via e-mail to repeat.prescription@johnstownmed.ie (please be aware that emails have no guarantee of security) [ Please do not send clinical queries to this address ]
    2. by post to Johnstown Medical Centre, Johnstown Rd , Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
    3. by Fax on 01 2849257

Include your name, address, date of birth, medication required, dose and number of times per day you take medication.

Please be aware that practice staff will not now be routinely permitted to take prescription requests over the telephone.

WHAT IF I NEED MY MEDICATION URGENTLY?

If you have run out of medication and have been told that you should not stop your medication without consulting a doctor, a prescription can be issued urgently. However, this will depend on a doctor being available to sign the prescription. Therefore, please be patient with our staff as you may have to wait.

If the surgery is closed your usual pharmacy may be able to dispense a small Emergency Supply of your medication until you are able to see your doctor. (They may make a charge for this service).

Also, if your review date is overdue but you are unable to see the doctor before you run out, then you may request a repeat prescription, provided you make an appointment to see your doctor within 2 weeks of the request. Please keep these urgent requests to a minimum!

WHEN WILL A MEDICATION NOT BE PUT ON REPEAT / TAKEN OFF REPEAT PRESCRIPTION?

It is not always appropriate to put/ continue a medicine on repeat prescription.

This may occur:

  • If the medication is a short course of medicine for an acute problem.
  • Medications that are changing or not stable.
  • When a medical review is needed or overdue.

HOW DO I OBTAIN MEDICATION THAT A SPECIALIST OR HOSPITAL RECOMMENDED?

If the hospital / specialist provided you with a prescription please drop the prescription into the surgery at your earliest convenience. We will photocopy the prescription and return the original to you. This will allow you to obtain a 5 day supply in the pharmacy. Your GMS prescription will be available for collection in 2 working days.

In addition if the hospital has given you a letter for the surgery please let us have this as soon as possible as it will contain the information we need to alter your repeat prescription and update your record.

WHAT IF I CAN’T COLLECT MY PRESCRIPTION FROM THE SURGERY / PHARMACY? You can elect a representative to collect your prescriptions from the Surgery/ Pharmacy.

REPEAT PRESCRIBING: KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER

  1. Please request your prescription in writing and allow 48 hours / 2 working days to obtain your repeat prescription.
  2. The usual amount supplied will be decided by your doctor. This will depend on the type of medication.
  3. If you think you are getting side effects from your medication contact the surgery, as soon as possible.
  4. Not all medication is suitable to be given as a repeat, this will be decided by your doctor.
  5. Only take medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  6. Please only re-order medicines that you need. Stockpiling medicines may lead to waste if your medicines are changed or they go out of date.
  7. Please tell your doctor if you wish to stop any medication. Some medication should not be stopped quickly.
  8. Do not share your medication with anyone else, or take anyone else’s medication. This could be harmful.
  9. Always check instructions for storage. Store your medication properly, in a locked cupboard, in a cool dry place, out of reach of children. Some medication needs to be kept in the fridge.
  10. Dispose of unused medication responsibly. Take it to your usual pharmacy. They will dispose of it safely. Do not flush down the sink, toilet or put in dustbin.
  11. Consider leaving your repeat prescriptions in the pharmacy where they are safe and secure. The pharmacist will remind you when your repeat prescription is next due to be renewed.

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