What is a Repeat Prescription?
Repeat prescriptions are medications which appear on the reverse of your prescription which your doctor would like you to continue on a regular basis.
How to request a Repeat Prescription
Repeat prescriptions may be ordered in several ways:
- Using our Online Repeat Prescription Service;
- You may hand in your computer slip or a note with your name, address, DoB and the medication required written clearly;
- Set up a direct Repeat Prescription Order through your local Pharmacist;
- Or By post.
Repeat prescriptions will be ready in 48 working hours from your request. Please note if your prescription request is NOT on your repeat prescription your request will take longer to process and the doctor may wish to speak with you. Delays may also occur if your medication request is different from what your doctor has prescribed for you.
We will return your prescription to you by post if a stamped addressed envelope is provided.
Many chemists offer a delivery and collection service. Speak to your preferred chemist directly for details. This means that you do not have to come to the surgery to collect your prescription and then take it to a chemist.
Electronic Prescription Service
We will be introducing a new way of generating your prescriptions called “Electronic Prescription Service” (EPS) which will mean that your prescriptions will go directly to a chemist of your choice. With EPS this means that you no longer have to come to the surgery to pick up your repeat prescriptions, you can go straight to your nominated chemist.
You still need to allow 48 working hours from the time of your request.
Unfortunately certain medications cannot be done through EPS due to safety reasons. These medications include:
- Private prescriptions
We would like to spend less on medicines you can buy without a prescription so as to free up funds for other valuable NHS services. Practices across North West London will no longer routinely prescribe medicines which are available to buy over the counter in pharmacies (and, in the case of some medicines, in supermarkets and other shops too).
If a medicine you need can be bought without a prescription, your GP may ask if you are willing to buy it. If you are not, it will be prescribed.
This means that if you require that medicine again you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment but can get it straight away from your community pharmacist, saving both you and the doctor’s time.
Please click on the link below to view which medicines this applies to. We thank you for your co-operation on this matter.