It is common for practices to receive requests for prescriptions as ‘urgent’. This puts pressure on the practice protocols for processing such requests to ensure safe and appropriate procedures and avoid unnecessary interruptions to routine clinics.


‘urgent’ requests are generally in situations where the patient has not allowed enough time to get the medication they require in a sensible and timely manner (48 hours)


Many requests for ‘urgent’ prescriptions are for medications which medically are not seen as crucial and a short interruption will do no harm. We will now process these requests in the routine way so allow 48 hours for their completion.


The practice does however see that there are some medications which are more crucial and which we feel are appropriate for urgent requests as interruption in taking them may cause harm; these are listed below



Examples of drugs

Epilepsy drugs

Phenytoin, Carbamazepine, Valproate, Lamotragine, Levetiracetum, Midazolam, Epistatus. Epilim.


Salbutamol, terbutaline, Sirdupla, tiotropium….


Propranolol, Bisoprolol, Atenolol


Warfarin, Rivaroxiban, Apixiban, Dabigitran, Dalteparin


Hululin, Novorapid, Humalog, Lantus…


Lithium, Priadel


Azathiaprine, ciclosporin, mercaptopurine, Methotrexate, Mycophenolate

Drugs for palliative care


Oral contraceptives

We will issue 1 month supply to allow for a review to be conducted


It is the responsibility of patients to order their medications in a timely manner. Failure to do so may mean an interruption in their medication if they are on non-crucial medications


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