We are aware you must have many practical questions about your GP care following the surgery closure. Pending other communication from NHS Tayside, we would like to provide below a few interim answers about what we understand will happen regarding your prescriptions.
As the notice in the GP surgery states next week you will receive a letter from NHS Tayside advising you which practice you have been allocated. We expect that in that letter, you will be asked to get in touch with your new practice to complete registration, which would include processes to ensure the continuation of any prescribed repeat medication. We want to advise you that we expect these processes may take a little time to complete so we would suggest you aim to have approximately four weeks medication in hand.
If your medication was running a little low, you are likely to have already reordered repeat prescriptions from Bridge of Earn surgery. Andy and the team are expecting to be exceptionally busy next week as we see a significant increase in the volume of repeat prescriptions from the surgery before 30th August. Andy will have a second pharmacist working with him next week, and additional support staff. We understand that Bridge of Earn surgery will issue repeat prescriptions ahead of the standard reorder timescales to allow patients to have a few weeks medication in hand.
For those of you on long-term serial prescriptions, we will, over the next week or so be preparing in advance any patients medication that is due to be uplifted over the next four or so weeks. It would be helpful if you can contact the pharmacy to advise if you need any of your ‘when required’ medication. Because we are issuing serial prescriptions typically earlier than we would normally, Andy and the team may ask you some additional questions to ensure there have not been any changes in your health/care since the last supply was made. Unfortunately, we can’t promise that your new practice will issue you with replacement serial prescriptions as not all surgeries currently provide this option. When you advise us of your new surgery, Andy may be in a better position to advise on the likely continuation of long-term prescriptions.
If you are unable to order your repeat prescription next week or don’t have a serial prescription held at the pharmacy. Don’t panic! Andy will, as always, ensure best endeavors that you don’t run short of medication. Andy will be able to write prescriptions under a national NHS urgent supply service for most repeat medication, except controlled drugs.