Patients warned of prescription changes
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.”