Repeat dispensing

Repeat dispensing


Set up regular medicines to be available at your chosen chemist without needing to request

Step 1

Discuss with prescriber

Step 2

Collect from chemist

Step 3

When due again, visit chemist

Step 4

Chemist will remind you when review needed with surgery

Step 1

Talk to your the person who prescribes your medicines and ask them if you can use electronic repeat prescriptions. Your prescriber will usually be your doctor or practice nurse.

If your prescriber thinks that you could use electronic repeat prescriptions for your regular medicines, they will ask you for permission to share information about your treatment with your pharmacist. This will help your pharmacist to give your prescriber feedback about your treatment and provide you with useful advice.

Your GP or prescriber will then authorise a number of electronic repeat prescriptions. This will be based on your circumstances and clinical need. These electronic repeat prescriptions will then be supplied to you by your pharmacy at regular intervals.

Step 2

Collect your first electronic repeat prescription from your pharmacy.

Step 3

When you need more medicines, go back to your pharmacy. Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your pharmacy will ask:

1. Have you seen any health professionals (GP, nurse or hospital doctor), since your last repeat prescription was supplied?

2. Have you recently started taking any new medicines – either on prescription or that you have bought over the counter?

3. Have you been having any problems with your medication or experiencing any side effects?

4. are there any items on your repeat prescription that you don’t need this month?

If you don’t need all of the medicines on your prescription, let the pharmacy staff know, so that they only supply the medicines you need. This will help to reduce waste and save the NHS money.

Step 4

When your pharmacy supplies your final electronic repeat prescription in the series that your GP has authorised, they will advise you to contact your GP practice. Your doctor or practice nurse may want to see you to review your medication before they will authorise more electronic repeat prescriptions.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP practices to any eligible pharmacy in England. EPS removes the need for most paper prescriptions making it easier and quicker to collect your items.


Local pharmacies where you can pick-up your prescriptions


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