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Prescribing for Temporary Residents

Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015, 1644 views

A person visiting your practice area is entitled to be registered as a temporary patient.

They may not be aware that they can usually order their repeat prescription from their "home" surgery enclosing a stamped addressed envelope (SAE) and an explanation that they are temporarilly away on holiday. They are often unaware that the temporary GP does not have all their records, and that safe prescribing is best done routinely by the GP who has the entire record.

You might find it useful to have a poster with this idea at the reception desk.

It is best to inform them of these (preferred options) but if nonetheless they express a need for their medication then the temporary GP should put themselves in a position to judge whether a prescription is necessary. If necessary then a prescription should be issued.

If you are uncertain about the genuine nature of an urgent reqeust, you may wish to prescribe a short course only whilst enquiries are made with their home practice.

Special care should be taken with regard to benzodiazepines and analgesia

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