Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see/speak to a doctor, nurse or practice pharmacist at least once a year to review these regular medications and notifications may appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate consultation to avoid uneccessary delays to further prescriptions.
If you are instructed by the practice to have a medication review you must adhere to this request. It is very important that your medication is reviewed and that you are given an appropriate health check. We have had instances where patients avoid reviews and we receive some feedback that medication prescribed to patients is their right to receive without question, this is a myth. An optician for example will not supply glasses or lenses without an eye check.
We expect patients to attend reviews to ensure that the medication prescribed is right for them. Medication guidance can change over time, particularly on items such as inhalers. Your condition may also change, and we wish to provide you with the most suitable medication to support your health. When you are asked to attend an annual review the practice has good reason in doing so, and it is your responsibility as a patient to ensure you attend regular reviews. You do not always need to see a doctor for this, it could be our Nursing team or a Practice Pharmacist who have areas of expertise to provide an effective review.
Here are some conditions that require at least an annual review and who you should see. You should always be clear to the reception team why you need an appointment to ensure they book you with the correct clinician. You may also be asked to have a routine blood test before your appointment.
COPD/Asthma, Annual Review in Respiratory clinic, Practice Nurse
Diabetes, Annual Review in Diabetic clinic, Appointed by our clerk, in your appointment you will see a HCSW, Chiropodist, and Nurse/Doctor.
Heart Disease, Annual Review Chronic Disease clinic, Practice Nurse
Stroke/TIA, Annual Review Chronic Disease clinic, Practice Nurse
Psychological, Review by appointment or tel consult, GP or Pharmacist
Hypertension(BP), Annual review Hypertension clinic, Health Care Support Worker (HCSW)
Contraception, BP required - 6 monthly, Pill check with Practice Nurse