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New Help To Get Prescriptions For Christmas


12:03am 24th November 2013

A new online video's been produced to help us make sure we get our repeat prescriptions in good time over the festive period here in Dorset.

Beaminster pharmacist Mike Hewitson's helped the NHS in the county to put together the film, which explains why it takes a couple of days to organise and what checks are made in that time.

Mike Hewitson says "Fulfilling a repeat prescription request is more complicated than many people think. Firstly there are a number of checks we carry out to ensure the medicines are still appropriate and are safe to use with any other conditions they may have or medicines they may be using. For example patients on some anti-coagulant medicines need to have their blood results checked each time.'

'On top of this is the sheer volume of orders. Whilst your prescription is quite rightly very important to you, it is just one of the one million items are prescribed across Dorset each month'
There are some simple things patients can do to help local pharmacy teams, including;
Put a reminder on your calendar or phone a couple of days before you are likely to run out alerting you to visit your GP;

If you have a smart phone there are number of apps that can be used to alert you when you need to order new medicines;

If you need multiple prescriptions, speak to the team at your local practice as you are able to collect them all at the same time - this means you only have one date to remember;

Only order the medicines you need; unused medicines cannot be reused for other patients;

If you are going away speak to your GP as you may be able to collect your medicines earlier than usual.

Head of Medicines Management with NHS Dorset CCG, Katherine Gough, "Normally GP practices need two days to prepare a repeat prescription, and then the pharmacist needs time to safely dispense it after that. This allows time to carry out the checks which ensure the safety of the patient. This of course depends on a number of factors and we would ask people to give their GP and pharmacist more time to prepare their prescription as we approach the festive break.

If however people do genuinely run out we would ask them to contact their GP or pharmacist in the first instance and not to call 111 or attend emergency departments as they cannot help. Using services incorrectly just wastes time and resources that could be used to treat people in greater need".

The video can be found via the homepage of the NHS Dorset CCG website www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk.

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