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.