Picking up your medication has become so much easier than in the past. Today you don’t even need to go to the pharmacy at all. You can switch from paper prescriptions to electronic ones and then have your local high street pharmacy, or even a digital-only pharmacy, fulfil your prescription. This means you can now have your medication ready for pickup from your closest pharmacy or have it sent directly to your home.
We are all about simplifying the healthcare process here at NHS GP, which is why we’ve put together this guide on how to check if your medication is in stock and also how to finally get it delivered to your door if you wish.
How to get repeat prescriptions online
Think that you can only request a refill on your repeat prescription in person? Think again. All you need is to download the NHS app. This app gets you in touch with your GP and makes it quick and easy to request electronic prescriptions. This written notice is then sent to your GP, who signs off on it. Once it’s refilled, many providers will even deliver to your home so you can skip the trip to your local pharmacy and instead get your repeat refills in a timely manner.
Tip: Keep in mind that if you order your repeat subscriptions online, you’ll need to visit your GP at least once per year. This is to make sure that there aren’t any unwelcome side effects.
How to check if your prescription is in stock at your local pharmacy
If you do want to physically go in to collect your medicines (either because you don’t have time to wait, have paper prescriptions, or want to discuss your medication with the pharmacist), there are a few ways that you can check if your medication is in stock.
Contacting your pharmacy directly
One of the easiest and best ways is to contact your pharmacy directly. To do this, simply find a pharmacy on Google Maps. Make sure the pharmacy in question is the one you’ve chosen as your preferred option, and use the contact information online to get in touch. You can send them an email or call them directly to see what medication they have in stock, and you should be able to collect this the same day. For repeat prescriptions, they may take a little longer, particularly if it isn’t your normal pharmacy.
This can be the fastest way to get the medication that you need if you have a paper prescription from another doctor and are visiting your current area.
Get in touch with your GP
If you desperately need medical help and can’t get your prescription in time, then contact us to book an emergency video appointment. We can help you manage your condition and even work to find where your medication is in stock so that you can get the relief that you need. You won’t be left feeling alone in this situation.
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