Prescribing Policy - New Patients

Please note;

Kensington Group Practice policy is NOT to prescribe the following drugs unless we have evidence from your previous GP or care provider. This is in the interests of safe, and appropriate prescribing. It would normally not be appropriate to provide a prescription where there is ongoing treatment being prescribed elsewhere.

Where long-term or ongoing use of the following medications is less appropriate, for example in the following instances (this list is not exhaustive)

 

  • Where treatment is not supported by current and accepted clinical guidance
  • Where there is no clear reason for treatment
  • Where symptoms have resolved or improved
  • Where medication was initially intended for short-term use only
  • Where medications are not recommended for long-term useTaking your current medical conditions into account, these medications may be reduced or stopped. (The following list of medications is not exhaustive)Benzodiazepines :- Diazepam, Lorazepam, Nitrazepam, Temazepam, chlordiazepoxide, and similar medicationSleeping tablets :- Temazepam, Zopiclone (Zimovane), Zolpidem (Stilnoct), Zaleplon (Sonata), and other similar medication.It is our policy that Kensington Group Practice do not replace lost or stolen prescriptions or medications. It is your responsibility to keep your prescriptions, and medication, safe.These policies are primarily for your safety, and the safety of others.

 

  • Attempts to obtain medication fraudulently will be taken very seriously and may lead to your removal from the practice list without a further warning, and the appropriate authorities may be informed. Abusive or coercive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Pregabalin, Gabapentin: These drugs can be dangerous in some circumstances, and it may not always appropriate to remain on these long-term. Guidance around the suitability of these medicines in longer term use has recently been revised. Use of these medications will be reviewed and may be appropriate to commit to a reduction strategy. This is in keeping with guidance given by our Health Board, and with good clinical practice.
  • Morphine Derivatives :- Dihydrocodeine, Fentanyl tablets or patches, Buprenorphine tablets or patches, codeine, morphine, and other similar medications, including co-codamol
  •  Sleeping tablets :- Temazepam, Zopiclone (Zimovane), Zolpidem (Stilnoct), Zaleplon (Sonata), and other similar medication.

     

  • Pregabalin, Gabapentin: These drugs can be dangerous in some circumstances, and it may not always appropriate to remain on these long-term. Guidance around the suitability of these medicines in longer term use has recently been revised. Use of these medications will be reviewed and may be appropriate to commit to a reduction strategy. This is in keeping with guidance given by our Health Board, and with good clinical practice.

    It is our policy that Kensington Group Practice do not replace lost or stolen prescriptions or medications. It is your responsibility to keep your prescriptions, and medication, safe.

    Attempts to obtain medication fraudulently will be taken very seriously and may lead to your removal from the practice list without a further warning, and the appropriate authorities may be informed. Abusive or coercive behaviour will not be tolerated.

    These policies are primarily for your safety, and the safety of others.

Please see the New Patient's Medicines Policy below, read carefully, sign, and bring with your HS200 or HSCR1 form.

Kensington Group Practice New Patient Medicines Policy.pdf