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Electronic Repeat Dispensing
 
If you or someone you care for uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to
benefit from electronic repeat prescriptions. This means you won't have to re-order or 
collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice every time you need more
medicine.
 
Step 1
To have your prescriptions sent electronically to a regular pharmacy you will first need to 
nominate that pharmacy to receive your electronic prescriptions.

If your prescriber thinks that you could use electronic repeat dispensing for your 
regular medicines, they will be able to authorise a number of electronic repeat 
prescriptions for your regular repeat medicines. This will be based on your circumstances and clinical need. These electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions will then be supplied
to you by your nominated pharmacy at regular intervals.
 
Step 2
Collect your first electronic repeat dispensing prescription from your pharmacy.
 
Step 3
When you need more medicines i.e when the first set of medicines are about to finish, go
back to your pharmacy. Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your
pharmacy will ask:
 
       >     have you seen any health professionals (GP, nurse or hospital doctor), since your 
              last repeat prescription was supplied?    
       >     have you recently started taking any new medicines - either on prescription or that 
              you have bought over-the-counter?
       >     Have you been having any problems with your medication or experiencing any side               effects?
       >     are there any items on your repeat prescription that you don't need this month?
 
If you don't need all of the medicines on your prescription, let the pharmacy staff know, 
so that they only sup-ply the medicines you need. This will help to reduce waste and the 
NHS money.
 
Step 4
When your pharmacy supplies your final repeat dispensing electronic prescription in the 
series that your GP has authorised, they will advise you to contact your GP practice. Your 
doctor or practice nurse may want to see you to review your medication before they will
authorise more electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions.