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Practices are encouraged to move patients onto eRD Electronic repeat

In light of the letter that went out to GP Practices on 8th March regarding encouraging practices to consider putting all suitable patients on electronic repeat dispensing 

The LPC has asked PCN Leads to contact their constituent pharmacies to highlight the below statement and ensure that all pharmacies are in a position to actively increase electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The PCN leads can then confirm this with their appropriate Clinical Directors.

 

The advice included in the letter from NHSE/I on 8th March that states:

Prescriptions: Practices should not change their repeat prescription durations or support patients trying to stockpile: these actions may put a strain on the supply chain and exacerbate any potential shortages. Practices should consider putting all suitable patients on electronic repeat dispensing as soon as possible. The whole repeatable prescription can be valid for a year but each repeat should be for no longer than the patient has now. For example, if the patient has prescriptions for a month’s supply now then the repeat dispensing should be set up as 13 x 28 days’ supply.


Contractor Collaboration

At this time we would ask you to consider working closely with your local pharmacies to potentially share stock, staff and delivery drivers if this becomes necessary for patient care and pharmacy operational requirements. We urge you to speak to your neighboring pharmacies now and establish channels of communication and cooperation.

This could be facilitated by your PCN leads

Patient Advice

The NPA and CCA have issued an open letter to patients, asking them to act in the interests of the whole community by helping pharmacies maintain vital services. The letter can be downloaded here