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Repeat Prescriptions


If you are on regular, long term medication and the doctor feels that it is safe for you to have another supply, without being seen each time, your doctor will arrange and note on your records that you may have a repeat prescription. For most patients, the normal supply will be for one or two months, although this may vary with the type of medication you are on. When you are on repeat medication, your doctor will need to review you and your treatment regularly, as least once a year.

Ordering Repeat Prescription

Your doctor will give you your first prescription and it will have two parts:-

    • The GREEN SIDE is the actual prescription, which you give to the chemist.

    • The WHITE SIDE will contain a list of medication that can be issued as a repeat.

When you need more medication, please mark ONLY those items that you need, by ticking next to each item on the white side. Please do not tick items that you do not need. You should then take or send your white slip to the surgery. Please allow 48 working hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, before collection.

Please make sure that you order your repeat prescription in good time, so that you do not run out and please do not stock pile medication.

Is There Any Other Way I Can Order My Repeat Prescription?

You can order your prescription online, via our online services.

By fax on 01942 813431 (Westhoughton) or 01204 695733 (Blackrod).

By asking your pharmacist to do this on your behalf. If you use this method, please ensure that you allow extra time for the pharmacist to process your request.

Calling the prescription line on 01942 842158 (11-12.30pm and 1.30-4.00pm). This facility is for the housebound and elderly only.

Acute Medication

This is medication that has worked for you in the past for an acute problem, but that you don’t usually use all the time. Should you wish to request this kind of medication, you will need to come into the surgery to complete a re-ordering form or alternatively you can request it by completing the relevant section of our online ordering service.

Please be aware that any request for acute medication will have to be authorised by a GP prior to issue. Please try to give us as much information as possible when requesting to minimise any delay.

What If I Need By Medication Urgently?

This should only happen in very exceptional circumstances. Your medication is your responsibility and you must ensure that you have sufficient supply in order to be able to order in good time.

However, in very exceptional circumstances, if you have run out of medication or will need it sooner than the 48 hours noticed required, a prescription can be issued urgently. This request will be actioned on a best endeavours basis, but our receptionists will always to accommodate wherever possible.

How Do I Get More Medication That The Hospital Has Recommended?

If you have been to see a specialist, or been an inpatient in hospital for any reason and your medication has changed, you should be given at least 2 – 4 weeks supply of your new medication by the hospital. This will allow you and the hospital time to notify us of any change.

Please allow a few days for the specialist to write to the surgery and for changes to be made to your records.

Methods Of Collecting Your Repeat Prescription

    • In person.

    • By post, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope with your order.

    • Nominated Pharmacy.

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip.

Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.

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