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Practice Prescribing Policy



Bothwell Medical Centre Prescribing Policy


the_pillWe, as a practice, 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  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. Many conditions will require more frequent monitoring.

From 03rd August 2015 Bothwell Medical Centre are  

changing the way patients can request a repeat

prescription. Our Patients will no longer be able to order their

repeat prescription using a pharmacy managed repeat system.


Patients who have a weekly dispensed dosset box or bubble pack managed by the pharmacy will remain unaffected by this change. Your preferred pharmacy will also still be able to collect your prescription from the surgery on your behalf.



You can order your repeat prescription using any of the

following options


1: By using our repeat prescription voicemail system

01698 854583. This system is available 24 hours a day 7 day a week


2: By using our online prescription request service via our practice website


3: In person or by post.


Should you wish to discuss this with the surgery please contact Mr David Sweeney Practice manager

01698 852299 or email




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