Repeat prescriptions

The current system for repeat prescriptions seems time consuming, expensive and a system designed to increase inequalities.

The prescribing clinician should indicate the duration of a prescription for as long as is required. Patients should be able to indicate whether they continue to need this prescription or need it for a longer period by text, email or web as well as phone.

Where it is safe to do so, these medicines should be delivered by post to the registered address.

Why the contribution is important

It is inconvenient, and potentially costly, especially in a rural area, to have to regulalry seek approval for a prescription to be repeated, to wait for this to be sent to a pharmacy, wait for the pharmacy to have it in stock and to have to travel to collect the prescription. This is error prone, for example, the patient forgetting to ask for a repeat. It makes no sense where the prescription is likely to be life long or for a long time.

Delivery of these medicines from a central location via mail would save money by no longer requiring such medicines to be stocked in every pharmacy and would increase convenience and thus patient compliance.

by waynegault on February 20, 2018 at 12:05PM

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  • Posted by gallusg February 26, 2018 at 14:19

    I agree that the management of repeat prescriptions would be a great candidate for a digital approach. I'm not sure about the posting of medicines from a central point - I've never really thought about this option - but the ordering could definitely be much slicker. At the moment it involves the patient remembering to order, the pharmacy collecting the prescription from the surgery, the pharmacy letting the patient know that their medication is ready, and the patient collecting it from the pharmacy. As has already been commented, for long term or lifelong medication this is so long-winded. Also, how about a text message (or sticker on the medication label), to advise that routine blood tests are due before the next prescription can be ordered?
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