Medication and Repeat Prescription Guidance

Repeat Prescription Guidance

In light of public concerns regarding Covid19, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people ordering repeat prescriptions early, requesting increased amounts per prescription and requesting medication is not on their current list of authorised repeat medications (particularly inhalers)

There are not currently any concerns nationally about supply or future availability of medicines, and it is of paramount importance not to create a problem by prescribing and dispensing excessive medication unwisely.

Please note we are not issuing medicines in advance of their due date as this might create a shortage or reduce the availability of medicines.

If you request prescription items early, we will send a prescription electronically to your nominated pharmacy, BUT this will be dated to be available when your next medication is due.  It will not be available straight away.

We trust that you understand the need to avoid stockpiling medicines which will cause problems for everyone.

Updated advice from the NHS – Ibuprofen & Coronavirus (Covid 19)

The NHS has issued advice for the public on the use of ibuprofen to treat coronavirus symptoms.

There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (Covid 19) worse.

But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.

This information can be found on the NHS website