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What are the different types of prescriptions? 

The information below should help to clarify the difference between the different types of prescriptions that you might receive from us. 

One-off prescriptions 

These are for 'acute' problems, for example a course of antibiotics that will not be repeated. 

Repeat Prescriptions

These are authorised on the patient record by the GP for items which the patient needs regularly - for example inhalers, emollients. The patient will need to ask at the Surgery or online for a repeat prescription but will not need to see a GP (unless the prescription needs review). 

Batch Prescriptions

This is a type of repeat prescription that allows you to obtain repeated supplies of your medication from your pharmacy without the need for your GP to authorise repeat prescriptions each time you need a new supply. 

If you have, for instance, a long-term condition your GP will decide that you are to take your medication regularly for a long period of time. The GP will authorise the pharmacy to issue your medication regularly for a period of no more than 12 months. The batch prescription authorisation will be done either electronically to the pharmacy or by giving you a number of paper prescriptions to hand to the Pharmacist.

The pharmacy will store your prescriptions, either electronically or on paper. All you need to do when you next need a supply of your medication is to contact your pharmacy who will prepare your medication for you. If you have several items on your batch prescription the pharmacist should not dispense any item you do not ask for. When the authorisation period is close to expiry your pharmacy should let you know. You will then need to be reviewed by the GP and ask for another batch prescription to be authorised.  


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