As a practice we endeavour to prescribe appropriately for you. This means that we try to take into account the evidence that a drug is actually effective for its intended purpose. We are guided in this by a national & local formulary; we are reluctant to prescribe outside these guidelines.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, finance plays an important role; family doctors are obliged to consider the cost of medicines. Our Practice accounts for over 1 million pounds spent on drugs each year and we are under constant pressure to reduce this. For this reason you may on occasions be asked to change your tablets to a more economic version – rest assured this will only be done if we are satisfied that the alternative is equally as effective as your previous prescription.
If you require simple ‘stock for the medicine cupboard’ such as painkillers for occasional use etc. this should be purchased ‘over the counter’ from the pharmacy. Please don’t ask us for this on prescription. A huge amount of money is wasted on unused drugs; please help by only ordering what you need. Unused medication should not be discarded in ordinary waste disposal systems but returned to the pharmacist.
We regularly review our prescribing & like to see all those on regular medication at least once a year (this appointment might be with a member of our Nursing, Pharmacist or GP team depending upon your condition). Some conditions will require more frequent monitoring.
Please notify us of any known or suspected allergies or adverse reactions to medication.