If you have to take long term medication and you need to know how to get a repeat prescription, we’re here to help. So, what is a repeat prescription? This kind of prescription is specifically for when you take regular medication. In this instance your GP will issue you with a repeat prescription which, in turn, gives you a new supply of your medication when you have run out.
Keeping on top of organising your repeat prescription can be a bit of a headache and if you have to take more than one type of medication, you’re probably used to performing a juggling act every day.
We’ve all been there - without realising it, you’ve come to the end of your medication and you’ve not put your repeat slip in. This can obviously cause problems for you, especially if your medication is essential to keeping you healthy. It’s also a problem for the GP and pharmacy you use as it isn’t sustainable to issue emergency prescriptions on a regular basis and this also isn’t always possible to achieve. For instance, if you are on a repeat prescription for a controlled drug you will be highly unlikely to get an emergency supply - so finding an organised process for the order and supply of your prescription is so important.
It’s understandable - some people lead extremely busy lives and struggle to find the time to get to their GP surgery. On the other hand, elderly people or those with reduced mobility find it difficult to physically get to their surgery. There is a way to take the stress out of this process and make things much easier for you and your lifestyle. We’re here to explain your repeat prescription options.
How do repeat prescriptions work?
1. Take the slip attached to your last prescription
2. Tick the medication you require
3. Put in your order at your GP surgery
4. Wait up to 48 hours for your prescription to be ready
The non-electronic, more traditional repeat prescription process works by following these steps:
Take the slip attached to your last prescription
This slip of paper has all of your details on and the medicines you take detailed on it.
Tick the medication you require
You will probably require everything in the same quantity again, but in some circumstances you may have enough of one of your medications to last you until the next time - only re-order what you need.
Put in your order at your GP surgery
Many surgeries have different processes here - it could be handing your slip to reception, popping it in the repeat prescription box or with the in-house pharmacy counter - find out what the process of your surgery is.
Wait up to 48 hours for your prescription to be ready
There are different options here - you can either go and collect the prescription yourself and take it to your pharmacy or you can arrange with the pharmacy to collect it on your behalf.
You will need to have a review with your GP or nurse every now and then for them to make sure the medicine is still correct for you. This will happen before your new prescription is issued, so leave yourself plenty of time to be seen and then receive your medication.
There is an option which will cut out you having to go into the surgery each time. You may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing from your pharmacist. This process will mean you simply collect your prescription from the pharmacy each time. Many pharmacies also offer a text alert service to inform you when your prescription is ready. Speak to your doctor or nurse and pharmacist about organising this option if it appeals to you.
How do repeat prescriptions work with Pharmacyoutlet?
1. Sign up with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
2. Register with Pharmacyoutlet
3. Receive a reminder that your prescription is due
4. We arrange your prescription with your GP
5. Our pharmacists sort and dispense your repeat prescription
6. Your repeat prescription is delivered to an address of your choice
If you have been asking the question ‘how do I get a repeat prescription?’ we’ve now covered that and also explained how repeat prescriptions work with the NHS traditionally.
However, both this and the option of repeat dispensing, still mean you having to physically collect your prescription from the pharmacist. What if we said you could get your repeat prescription delivered straight to your door? It’s possible with Pharmacyoutlet. For people leading busy lives and people living with mobility issues, this could be music to your ears.
Sign up with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Once you register with the EPS, your repeat prescription can then be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser you choose. You will no longer need to collect your paper slip from the GP with this option.
Register with Pharmacyoutlet
Once you register with Pharmacyoutlet, the hassle is taken away from you completely. The leg work is all done for you and you don’t even need to leave your house!
Receive a reminder that your prescription is due
You’ll receive a reminder about your prescription and then you can confirm your order.
We arrange your prescription with your GP
With this process you don’t need to organise your repeat slip, that responsibility falls with us.
Our pharmacists sort and dispense your repeat prescription
Your prescription will be dispensed by a pharmacist and packaged up ready for delivery.
Your repeat prescription is delivered to an address of your choice
Now your prescription will be delivered directly to wherever you decide, taking all the hassle out of organising your prescription yourself.
If you don’t register with Pharmacyoutlet, you can still use the EPS and collect your prescription from the pharmacist of your choice. But a delivery service, rather than getting muddled with paper slips and collections, is the perfect option for those unable to collect prescriptions themselves.