What is a Repeat Prescription?

Repeat prescriptions are medications which appear on the reverse of your prescription which your doctor would like you to continue on a regular basis.

How to request a Repeat Prescription

Repeat prescriptions may be ordered in several ways:

Repeat prescriptions will be ready in 48 working hours from your request. Please note if your prescription request is NOT on your repeat prescription your request will take longer to process and the doctor may wish to speak with you. Delays may also occur if your medication request is different from what your doctor has prescribed for you.

We will return your prescription to you by post if a stamped addressed envelope is provided.

Many chemists offer a delivery and collection service. Speak to your preferred chemist directly for details. This means that you do not have to come to the surgery to collect your prescription and then take it to a chemist.

Prescribing Wisely

NHS North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
has launched Prescribing Wisely. 

The goal of the Prescribing Wisely programmes to save time for GPs and patients, to support the cost effective use of NHS resources and to significantly reduce the waste resulting from the prescribing of medicines that patients do not need or do not intend to take. Pharmacies requesting repeat prescriptions on patients’ behalf can result in waste, if medicines are requested that the patient will not take or is not running out of. The person who knows best about which medicines are required or running out is the person
taking the medicines (or their carer).

Therefore, it is advised YOU REQUEST YOUR MEDICATION ONLINE OR IN PERSON DIRECTLY TO US instead of requesting it from your community pharmacy.

Due to the Prescribing Wisely programme, Pharmacies are also requested NOT to take requests from patients. Please see below for more information:

Repeat Prescriptions Leaflet

Repeat Prescriptions Leaflet Easy Read Leaflet


Electronic Prescription Service

We will be introducing a new way of generating your prescriptions called “Electronic Prescription Service” (EPS) which will mean that your prescriptions will go directly to a chemist of your choice. With EPS this means that you no longer have to come to the surgery to pick up your repeat prescriptions, you can go straight to your nominated chemist.

You still need to allow 48 working hours from the time of your request.

Unfortunately certain medications cannot be done through EPS due to safety reasons. These medications include:

  • Controlled drugs like (Tramadol, Morphine, Oramorph, Fentanyl, etc)
  • Private prescriptions

Find out more…