All repeat prescriptions are reviewed on a regular basis.
This review takes place at least once a year, and is usually carried out at an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner.
If you receive treatment from a specialist (for example in a hospital outpatient clinic) the practice will still require you to attend for a medication review if your medications are prescribed by us. The reason for this is that the prescribing clinician holds clinical responsibility for the medication issued.
Some simple prescriptions such as certain single items and skin treatments can be completed by a telephone consultation. Your doctor will inform you if your prescription is suitable for telephone review.
We may not continue to prescribe for you without this periodic review.
The medication review will include the following:
- Prescriptions are correct and safe
- Check about side effects and interactions between medications
- Check patient understanding of each of their medications
- Ensure that any monitoring required (such as blood tests and blood pressure checks) has been done
- An opportunity for the patient to ask questions about their treatment
We often advise patients to bring their prescription items, including tablets and inhalers, to their review appointment.
You can find out the date of your next medication review in the following ways:
- Online, if you are registered for online services
- On your paper prescription, the right side is white and lists your medications and the date of your next review
- By contacting our reception
Please make an appointment for a medication review at least two weeks before the review due date.