I have been doing repeat 'batch' dispensing with my local GPs for over three years now with great success. The key is to have a triangle approach - this involves the patient, GP and pharmacist.
It is also important to have a key repeat dispensing lead for each pharmacy and GP practice. Without GP and pharmacist collaboration this scheme will have downfalls, as Dr Lancelot mentioned.
I also agree that if you are working with a number of different pharmacies then there can be problems. Luckily where I work we employ no locums and the GP surgeries I work with only do repeat dispensing with us.
I think this service can work well. We work differently with each GP practice and are flexible. The key is that we work together.
It is about working smarter not harder. Some 40 per cent of all prescription items dispensed from our pharmacy are repeat dispensing prescriptions.
Repeat dispensing can work and saves time. It has many benefits for both GPs and patients.
Raj Sangha, pharmacist, Bedfordshire.