Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
Medication that is prescribed regularly has a renewal date associated and the GP is aware of this when re-authorising your prescriptions.
If you have ongoing regular medication, your GP will renew your prescriptions automatically if you have had the necessary reviews required for safe prescribing of that medication (for example, annual blood tests and blood pressure for antihypertensive medication, 6 monthly diabetic reviews and blood tests for diabetic medication).
If you are due a review (blood test/BP check/asthma or diabetic review) or have not attended, and you request medication, the GP will either send you a message on your prescription/via the patient access service, or request a receptionist to liaise and ask you to book the review. As long as it is safe to do so, your GP will usually issue a prescription for one month, but will clarify, with your next prescription request, that you have had the necessary review requested in order to continue to prescribe your medication safely.
In some circumstances, the GP may decline to issue you with more medication until you have attended for a review as requested. This is to ensure your safety and ensure that medication is prescribed appropriately and safely.
If your pharmacist requests you see a GP before issuing any more medication, this is not always necessary. Please check if you have received a message on your prescription regarding a review and think about any routine checks you may need first. Your GP can usually renew your medication without needing to see you in person, if you are unsure, you can clarify with our prescription team or a routine telephone call with your usual GP may suffice.
If you have a chronic disease requiring an annual review (for example asthma, hypertension), we suggest that you have your review around your birthday month so it is easy for you to remember.