Pa­tients warned of pre­scrip­tion changes

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW -

PA­TIENTS must now or­der their own re­peat pre­scrip­tions af­ter phar­ma­cies stopped the ser­vice in a bid to save cash.

Chemists have his­tor­i­cally or­gan­ised pa­tients re­peat pre­scrip­tions di­rectly with GPs.

But in a bid to save cash and pre­vent a sur­plus of medicine, pa­tients will now have to make their own ar­range­ments, ei­ther on­line of through their GP.

The clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing group, which plans health­care for the 204,000 peo­ple in Eastern Cheshire, has brought in the change in.

Many peo­ple al­ready man­age their re­peat pre­scrip­tions by plac­ing re­quests with the GP surgery or or­der­ing them on­line and the CCG is urg­ing more peo­ple to do the same.

Dr Mark Dick­in­son, CCG head of pre­scrib­ing and medicines op­ti­mi­sa­tion, said: “We be­lieve pa­tients are best placed to know of any changes made to their medicines by their doc­tor and what medicines they have used, and can there­fore or­der what they need.

“We ex­pect that pa­tients tak­ing con­trol of the medicines they or­der will im­prove safety and re­duce waste at a time of sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial pres­sure for the NHS.”

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