The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are reviewing the process for repeat prescriptions and are inviting people to share their views. A repeat prescription is for medication that a doctor has authorised on a patient’s file which can be supplied for a certain period of time, and on a regular basis without having to see the doctor each time.
Dr Richard Hurwood, GP board member for East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG and prescribing lead for the three CCGs explained; “A repeat prescription is really important to patients who want a convenient and accessible service that they have confidence in and feel safe with.
“However, where the issuing of repeat prescriptions is poorly managed there are potential problems, for example, where more medication is requested than is actually needed. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland medicines waste is estimated to be in the region of over £2 million per year.
“We have a duty to ensure there are high-quality, safe and cost effective re-prescribing services for local people. By listening to the views of local people, along with clinicians and pharmacists, we will be able to find out how well the current processes for ordering repeat prescriptions are working. We can then find ways to minimise risks and also prevent waste.”
The CCGs would really like to hear from people who currently have a repeat prescription to understand more about how they order and their views of the current repeat prescription ordering processes.
People or their loved ones who may be affected if there are changes to the repeat prescribing service are being urged to fill in a short survey to ensure that the review reflects their experiences of ordering repeat prescriptions. The survey does not take long to complete and can be accessed online at:
It is also available in hard copy and easy read formats by calling 0116 295 4183