Serial Prescriptions




If you are on long-term regular medicines you can now have a long-term prescription issued which lasts for up to a year at a time. This is known as a serial prescription.

What this means to you:

  • You will no longer need to order your regular medicines from the GP practice.
  • The prescription that has been sent to your regular pharmacy lasts for 48 weeks.
  • Your pharmacy will hold the prescription and issue you with a supply every 8 weeks.
  • Each time you collect your prescription your pharmacy will tell you when your next supply will be ready for you. 

prescriptions on a pharmacy shelf

If you have any medicines which are used on an occasional basis such as inhalers, or medicines which are not on your repeat list, you should speak to the pharmacist when picking up your medication.

If you are called in to have aspects of your treatment reviewed such as annual diabetic reviews or blood tests, you should make an appointment to attend for these as usual.

If you have any queries about this change, please contact the practice or your community pharmacist.