With Christmas and the New Year just weeks away Somerset’s GPs are politely reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in good time but not to unnecessarily stockpile their medicines.
We are all familiar with the pre-Christmas rush to the supermarket with trollies stacked with supplies of seasonal food and drink.
It should therefore come as no surprise when family doctors see patients re-ordering prescription medicines far in excess of any quantity they might need over the Christmas and New Year holiday. GPs are therefore advising, before patients tick an item on their repeat prescription, to:
1. STOP –Before you request your repeat medicines
2. Think – What do I really need?
3. Go ahead – Tick and order … but only what you need
Shaun Green, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group’s Director of Medicines Management, explains saying: “With GP practices closed over the Christmas holiday it is wise for patients to check now what medicines they will need and reorder repeat medication in plenty of time.
“However there is no need to hoard medicines. If you already have more than a month’s supplies of a repeat medicine think carefully before ordering anymore.”