28 Day Prescribing Policy
The practice currently provides 28 day prescriptions for all patients. This is based on current NHS guidelines. The benefits of 28 day prescribing include:
- Reducing the amount of medication which is currently wasted when your doctor stops/changes your medication.
- Reducing the potential for error when your medication is changed in the middle of supply.
- Increased safety as you will not have multiple containers of the same medicine meaning it is likely to reduce the number of mistakes made by, for example, elderly patients, and it will also reduce the risk of potential poisoning of young children.
- Financial losses due to medication waste represent a direct loss to patient care. Since 28 day prescribing reduces medication waste, this in turn has a positive impact on patient care.