A serial prescription (SRx) allows medications to be dispensed, for suitable patients, for up to 56 weeks. The patient will ideally receive their medication on a 2 monthly cycle. Ongoing review and management is provided by the primary care pharmacy team.

The benefits of using SRx include:

  • reducing GP, practice and pharmacy staff workload
  • ensures medicines-related activity is dealt with by the right member of the team, at the right time, safely and efficiently
  • more convenient for patients
  • improving patient access to long-term prescriptions
  • reduces unnecessary footfall into the practice, and
  • allows community pharmacy to better manage their workload.

To help GP teams and pharmacy teams the ihub’s Primary Care Improvement Portfolio have worked with 53 GP practices across Scotland to develop the Serial Prescription Toolkit.

The Serial Prescription Toolkit provides primary care teams with a step-by-step guide to implement serial prescriptions. This toolkit aims to support practice managers, administrative staff, GPs and pharmacy teams within the practice to safely transfer patients from repeat prescriptions onto SRx.

The toolkit brings together a combination of existing national resources and resources that have been tested and developed locally. The SRx toolkit has now been endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

The toolkit can be accessed here.

Webinars

If you’re interested in finding out more about the toolkit and accessing implementation support the Primary Care Improvement Portfolio is offering standalone one-hour introductory webinars this October. A range of dates and times are available:

  • 19 October 11:30 – 12:30
  • 21 October: 15:30 – 16:30
  • 26 October: 11:30 – 12:30
  • 28 October: 15:30 – 16:30

Register here

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