NHS Repeat Prescriptions

What is Repeat Dispensing?
It is an alternative way of getting your regular medicines without asking your GP surgery for a prescription each time.

Benefits of Repeat Dispensing
Saving Time – there is no need to attend or contact your GP surgery to request your medication; you just need to attend or contact your chosen pharmacy.
Improved Safety – Repeat dispensing involves regular medication usage checks to ensure you understand how to take your regular medication.


Your GP surgery will issue a Repeat Dispensing prescription. This will authorise your pharmacy to dispense prescriptions for between three and twelve months, in total.


Ensure that your chosen pharmacy receives your Repeat Dispensing prescription. The Pharmacy will inform your surgery that you will get your medication from them.


Your chosen pharmacy will supply your first batch of medicines. They will discuss arrangements for future supply with you – including what to do if your next issue falls on a Bank Holiday, or you are away on holiday.


Contact your chosen pharmacy, to receive your next prescription.

Will anyone keep a check on my medicines?
Yes, each time your repeat medicines are dispensed your pharmacist will check that they are still helping you. Let them know if you have any problems or worries.
Your pharmacist will ask which medication you need. Only ask for medication you need until your next collection.
It may be necessary to go back to the old way of getting your prescriptions if there are many changes (e.g. after a hospital check-up).


What do I do when my Repeat Dispensing forms run out?
You should return to your GP surgery for further issues. When you are due for the last issue of a batch – please check with the surgery, to see if you need any tests or a medication review.
PCH Chemist accepts NHS Repeat Dispensing, start by registering here.