What Are Acute Prescriptions?
Acute prescriptions are for items which are required to alleviate an acute problem that has just arisen. Consequently, the majority of acute prescriptions are issued during surgery consultations and are only for a short term.
What Are Repeat Prescriptions?
Repeat prescriptions are normally for patients with long-term conditions who receive regular treatment. Patients with some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and asthma will be seen regularly for monitoring of their condition.
Details of items which the patient can request on repeat are entered on the computer by the GP once a definite diagnosis has been made and treatment plan drawn up. The doctor will authorise a specific number of repeats and once this number has been used up, you will be advised that you may need to make an appointment with the doctor to have the medication reviewed. This is necessary to ensure the effectiveness and appropriateness of treatment.
Please tell us of any changes to your repeat prescription list made at the hospital or if you stop any medication by yourself. Do not stockpile unwanted drugs at home – please return them to your chemist.
How Do I Request Repeat Prescriptions?
To request repeat prescriptions you can:
Use our online service
Hand in your completed slip to the reception or a pharmacy
Post your completed slip to the medical centre
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.
To find local pharmacies including opening times near you please use the NHS Choices Services Search.