Repeat Dispensing — Community Pharmacy

Services

Repeat dispensing is an alternative model for prescribing and dispensing regular medicines to patients on stable long-term treatment, where repeat supplies are managed by the patient's pharmacy of choice.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced paperwork in GP practice as repeatable batch prescriptions are produced at the same time as the original prescription
  • The pharmacist is responsible for checking issues such as adherence, and other clinical factors that are appropriate for continued supply
  • Reduced medicines waste
  • Earlier detection of medicines related problems
  • Simplified process for patient and access to regular medicines advice.

Who to Refer

  • Patients on single, stable therapy, for example, Levothyroxine
  • Patients with stable long-term conditions on multiple therapy for example,  hypertension, diabetes, asthma
  • Patients that can appropriately self-manage seasonal conditions.

Please note: when seeking/receiving advice in regard to patient care and making referrals, NHS Connecting for Health Information Governance standards and policies must be adhered to.

Who not to Refer

  • Patients with acute conditions
  • Newly diagnosed patients
  • Patients whose condition is unstable.

Resources

Pharmaceutical Services negotiating Committee (PSNC) resources on repeat dispensing
http://www.psnc.org.uk/pages/essential_service_repeat_dispensing.html


PSNC/BMA guidance for GPs on repeat dispensing
http://www.psnc.org.uk/publications_detail.php/268/gp_guidance_on_repeat_dispensing


NHS Bedfordshire Medicines Management team can support practices in identifying patients suitable for repeat dispensing and setting up the service Tel 01525 636936.



Last updated: 26/04/2012

Update due: 26/04/2013