Batch Prescriptions

At the Acorn Surgery we work on a 28 day cycle, which means every 28 days a new cycle of medication can be issued.

What is a batch prescription?

A batch prescription is a prescription that issues a multiple number of 28 day cycles of medication.

The pharmacy dispenses these every 28 days, without the patient needing to request their medication from the surgery.

Batch prescriptions can be in sets of 2 cycles, 3 or 6 cycles.

They can only be issued to patients that are on regular medication.

If you no longer wish to be on a batch prescription please let the Prescription Administrator know and they will arrange for you to revert back to regular prescription orders.

What happens when a batch has finished?

When you collect the last of your batch, the pharmacy should let you know its your last one. All pharmacies are different however this may be verbally or a note in with your medication.

It is then the patients responsibility to request a new batch from the surgery.


  • Hand written on a request form and put in the box at reception
  • Email – [email protected]
  • Online account – details of this can be given at reception

Before a new batch can be issued, you will need a medication review, and for this you may need an appointment, we will let you know once we receive your request.

If you need an appointment it may be for:

  • Blood tests
  • Medication review with our Clinical Pharmacist
  • Blood Pressure, height, weight, oxygen levels and/or pulse checks etc.
  • Medical condition review

If your appointment is after the next issue date of medication, one cycle can be issued to cover you until after your appointment.

Please note you will need to request a new Batch Prescription after your appointment.

Items that can not/do not routinely go on a batch

  • Controlled Drugs
  • Some high risk medication
  • Inhalers are not routinely put on a batch unless they are taken everyday on a regular basis – for example, Fostair
  • Creams, lotions and emollients
  • Blood glucose strips
  • Sharps Bins
  • Insulin needles
  • Lancets
  • Warfarin

However if you would like something on batch that is listed above please let the Prescription Administrator know and they will discuss your request with the Doctor.