What Are the Instructions Around Prescriptions?

The BMA advises that electronic prescriptions must be activated. If a patient hasn’t nominated a pharmacy yet then they should be asked to do so (even if temporary).


If, in the rare event a prescription needs to be picked up, this should only be done by the pharmacy.


Pharmacies should limit visits and arrange a time prior to visit.


For more information, see BMA Letter 19th March 2020

What About Repeat Requests?


CARE UK have asked practices to contact their patients to ask them to submit repeats 1 week in advance rather than the usual 3 days. There is an overwhelming demand on out of hours for repeat prescriptions that could be managed by practices if patients expectations were changed regarding time frame - COVID-19 Newsletter 03

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