NHS repeat dispensing is an electronic process which allows a patient to obtain their NHS repeat prescription online if they wish without the need for the prescribing doctor to hand sign repeat prescriptions every time a request is made.
Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS around £30 million every year. It is really important to avoid waste and only order what you actually need. However, if you do have unsued medication that you no longer need then your GP surgery or private online doctor can advise you how best to dispose of it.
Ordering and collecting repeat prescriptions for long-term medication has always been a bugbear, remembering to order it on time, having to go the GP to obtain a repeat prescription and then take it to a pharmacist to have the medicines dispensed often requiring two trips to actually collect it.
Deciding to place an elderly relative or loved one in a care home is one of the most difficult choices and many people feel racked with guilt. But the simple fact is that if that person cannot adequately care for themselves any more then this is a kindness not a denial of freedom.
Most people don’t give a second thought about how their local medical practice is run but just stop for a moment and read some of the key tips taken from this Guide about General Practitioners. Knowing how the system works could help you get more out of it. If you are frustrated about getting appointments at your local surgery, you should consider using a private GP service in Solihull or a private GP service in Birmingham. These are all staffed by the same GPs you would see in your regular practice.