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Pharmacies should be more like Amazon

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This already happens in my area. Anything my GP puts on repeat prescription, the local pharmacy (you can nominate one of about 12 & GP make a note of it) will order repeat prescription, collect on one of their 2x daily trips to GP practice, dispense and have ready for you when you need it. The medication I'm on isn't that common these days, but regular pharmacist, having sight of my scripts & knowing when next one due, can ensure that they have in stock. The only problem I have is when I see GP in person & she asks if I need a repeat prescription while I'm there - I never have a clue as it all happens 'as if by magic' :-) ! The practice has an annual prescription review policy, linked to birthday month, when, if GP has been seeing you regularly will just 'tick box' extend your repeat prescription; if they haven't seen you at the surgery you are invited for a review before another script issued so people's meds & health do get reviewed. If you don't want pharmacy to do everything for you, you can still request repeat prescriptions online, again nominating pharmacy for script to be delivered to, & then you only make one trip - the one to collect your meds. I agree the multiple trips is a pain for patients (?especially shift workers), a waste of both patient and doctor time (at time when GPs stretched), but it's not rocket science to address. From 1st comment, it would seem this is one of those 'postcode lottery' areas of healthcare, or one of those all too common failures to share good practice, avoiding energy time and money being spent on reinventing the wheel.

Posted date

15 April, 2014

Posted time

1:34 am

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