From October 2019 the ordering of repeat prescriptions will no longer be possible from local pharmacies. Instead, patients will be required to order directly from the practice or use online services such as myGP or Patient Access.
NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys local health services, has introduced the changes to improve patient safety and reduce unnecessary costs from waste. The change will also bring Blackpool into line with the rest of Lancashire and much of the country.
We have seen that when patients order their own prescriptions this is safer and reduces waste. Over-ordering, stockpiling and unused medicines present a real risk to patient safety. It also costs the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds every year.
The only thing that is changing is that patients will not be able to order a repeat prescription at their local pharmacy and pharmacists will not be able to order prescriptions on patients’ behalf. Patients will still be able to collect or receive their medication from wherever they do now.
Practices will work with any particularly vulnerable patients and their families to ensure they are not negatively affected by the changes. Any patients the practices or pharmacies feel would struggle to cope with the change will be exempt and will be allowed to continue having prescriptions ordered on their behalf.
If you need help signing up to myGP or Patient Access, please speak to a receptionist on your next visit to the practice.
Anyone affected by this change who has concerns can email firstname.lastname@example.org call 01253 955480.Leave a reply →