For patients taking regular, daily medicines, the government have advised we utilise electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) in the first instance. This batch system allows up to six months’ worth of medication to be sent to the secure NHS spine and dispensed by your chosen pharmacy at intervals of 56 days. In essence, you will receive two months’ worth of your regular medication at a time on a continuous basis until, through discussion and review either you wish to change your regime, or we advise a change is needed.
You will still need to request any ‘as and when needed’ items from us in the usual manner.
A clinician will review your medicines and call you for any necessary monitoring or face to face reviews before your next set of six months is issued to your pharmacy.
There are certain types of medication which are not suitable to eRD such as controlled drugs, insulin and variable use medication such as laxatives and pain killers.
This system works well if you are planning on travelling ahead of your next issue’s due date; you may simply discuss an early-issue request with your pharmacist directly.
You may decline eRD at any time by contacting a member of our Prescriptions Team.