It is our policy that if at all possible, patients make an appointment for all prescription medications.
All prescriptions, including repeat prescriptions, are best provided face to face at consultation to ensure patient safety.
This enables your doctor to do the following:
- Review your medical record
- Confirm correct patient details, medication and dose
- Confirm if the medication is still required, if a dose adjustment is required or if any special monitoring is necessary
Your doctor may also need to consider whether a special government authority is required, or special government regulations regarding the medication or other health matters affecting decisions about the medication be provided.
Provision of medication
You are encouraged to arrange provision of future prescription/medication needs during routine consultations with your doctor.
If you are unable to make an appointment for a repeat prescription, the doctor is still required to review and maintain your medical record and will charge a fee for their professional time spent and costs incurred. They may also refuse the request for a prescription without consultation.
For prescriptions provided without consultation, we do request at least 72 hours notice, and a fee of $21 is to be paid. The following conditions must also be met:
- The patient must have been seen face to face at North East Family Medicine in the last 6 months
- The patient must have been prescribed the medication by the North East Family Medicine before
- Exceptions will not generally be made by doctors for drugs of dependence such as narcotics, benzodiazepines and other sedatives. Examples include:
- Panadeine Forte, Endone, Oxycodone, Targin, MS Contin
- Diazepam/Valium, Oxazepam/Serepax, Temazepam, Stilnox.