Those of you who have regular repeat medication for coronary heart disease, asthma, diabetes, thyroid problems or any other chronic diseases know that there is a REVIEW DUE date printed on the right hand side of your prescription, under each medication that you have. In the past, this has been a prompt simply to the GPs to look at your medication and agree for you to have more.
Your medication review date is YOUR REMINDER that you need to make an appointment to come and have your annual or 6 monthly check with Nurse Elaine Johnstone or one of the GPs. When the date on the right hand side has been reached, the dispensers or receptionists will bring this to your attention and prompt you to make an appointment with one of the team.
Some of you routinely have blood tests, blood pressure checks or spirometry testing every year and your Medication Review date is now the time to arrange for this. Our Health Care Assistants Sam and Fii or will make sure that all the tests you need are done, and will then arrange your next appointment with either Nurse Elaine or with one of the GPs as appropriate.
Please make a note of when your medication review is, when you next collect your prescription and please do prompt us if you spot it before we do! If you see a sticker on your medication bag, which reads “MEDICATION REVIEW” this is also a reminder for you to make an appointment. Simply ask at Reception for a Pre -Medication Review Appointment and the team will book you a 20 minute slot.
Simple repeat medications, such as those for skin conditions will not require you to come in for an appointment and these requests will continue to be checked by the GPs and re- authorised if appropriate.
This system will replace the system where the practice writes out to patients when their recalls are due. It should streamline the whole process and if successful should mean a more efficient system for everyone!