From April 1st 2017 this surgery will adopt 28 day prescribing.
By doing so we hope to:
- Reduce medicine wastage.
- Save much needed funds for the NHS.
“What is the reason behind this change? Research has shown that a very large amount of medication is wasted when doctors prescribe for two months (56 days) resulting in the loss of millions of pounds of NHS money. This money could be used to provide services elsewhere in the NHS. The Department of Health supports one month prescribing and has said: “A 28 day repeat prescribing interval is recognised by the NHS as making the best possible balance between patient convenience, good medical practice and minimal drug wastage”
If you are being prescribed a “repeat medicine” your doctor will now start to prescribe enough of each medicine to last you for 28 days.