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What is a repeat prescription?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

A repeat prescription is a handy service that lets you refill your ongoing medications without visiting your doctor every time. You will usually be given a repeat prescription if you require your medication for a long period of time.

In this article, we’ll guide you through how repeat prescriptions work, how to get them, and how to order them online from the comfort of your home. 

How to get a repeat prescription?

Your journey with repeat prescriptions typically begins during a consultation with your doctor. If you have a stable condition that requires ongoing medication, your doctor may issue you a repeat prescription. This prescription specifies the medication, dosage, and the number of repeats allowed.

How does a repeat prescription work?

Once you have your repeat prescription, your doctor will authorise a certain number of repeats. However, these repeats aren’t unlimited. There’s usually a limit to the number of times you can refill your prescription before needing a review by your doctor. This review ensures that your medication remains appropriate for your condition.

When you need a refill, you can take your repeat prescription to your chosen pharmacy. The pharmacist will then dispense the medication without the need for you to see your doctor again.

How to order repeat prescriptions online

With Healthera, ordering prescriptions online is easy…

Simply download the Healthera app or access our platform through our website. Once you’re registered and connected to your GP surgery, you can request your repeat prescriptions with just a few clicks. No more phone calls or visits to the surgery – it’s all at your fingertips.

You can also use the app to set medicine reminders and schedule your future prescription orders, so you never forget to take or reorder your medicine ever again. 

Frequently asked questions about repeat prescriptions

How long do repeat prescriptions last?

Repeat prescriptions typically last for 6 to 12 months, depending on your doctor’s assessment and your medication needs.

How to get repeat prescriptions?

To get a repeat prescription, you should first speak with your doctor to see if it’s appropriate for your condition. If they agree, they will give you a prescription for a set amount of time before needing to review your medication again.

How do I order repeat prescriptions online?

To order repeat prescriptions online, simply download Healthera or visit our website to place your order, set medicine reminders or even schedule future orders, so you never forget to take or reorder your medicine again.

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