Repeat prescriptions are generally given for periods of between one and three months, sometimes longer (see 'Batch Prescribing' below).
Repeat prescriptions should balance patient convenience with clinical appropriateness, cost-effectiveness and patient safety. For example, where a patient's condition is stable, it may be appropriate to issue prescriptions for longer periods, and this would be discussed and agreed with the Doctor.
Requesting Your Repeat
You can request your medication in the following ways
- Online - via Vision Online Services or via our Website Form.
- In person - handing the receptionist the tear-off portion of your last prescription.
- In writing - sending either the tear-off portion of your last prescription or a written request by email, post or fax.
- We DO NOT however accept prescription requests which are not in writing (i.e. over the phone).
Prescriptions take 2 Working Days to Process
Prescriptions will only be available for collection after two working days (48 hours). This time reflects the amount of care we need to take in order to produce your prescription safely; therefore please order your medication in plenty of time. If you would like us to post your prescription to you, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Batch Prescribing prescriptions
Batch prescribing is a system where patient prescriptions can be produced for scheduled collection over a six month period. The six months of prescriptions are sent to an agreed nominated pharmacy where the patient is given a 'collection slip' which must be presented to the pharmacy each time further supplies
of medications are due.
If you, or someone you care for, uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from Batch prescribing. This scheme means you won’t have to visit the surgery or make an appointment every time you need more medication.
Each time you visit the pharmacy, they will check that the medicines are still needed and are being used appropriately. It is also an opportunity to make better use of pharmacists' skills by helping patients get the most out of their medicines.
If you would like more information about this service, please contact us or alternatively book an appointment with a doctor.