Castlegate & Derwent Surgery Isel Road, Cockermouth, CA13 9HT Tel: 01900 705750

Birth Month Review System for Repeat Medication

At Castlegate and Derwent Surgery we have in place a system for reviewing patients on repeat medication with long term conditions using your birth month. This means that you will have your appointment with a Health Care Assistant for any blood pressure and blood tests that may be required prior to a clinic review. This may then be followed (if required) by a medication review with your doctor (possibly by telephone) - all in the month that you were born. Some medications will require more frequent reviews than the default birth month review system and we will alert you to this via stickers on your prescriptions.


Some patients on repeat medication will not require any follow up in their birth month. You can discuss your requirements with a member of our Medicines Management team.  Again, we will try and communicate your requirements by attaching stickers to your prescription.  It is always good practice to review your medication regularly for safety and to ensure they are still appropriate and particularly if you are prescribed several different medications/or are over 65.


If you anticipate running out of your regular medication prior to your birth month review please contact our Medicines Management Team who will be happy to ensure you have an adequate supply of medication prior to your review appointment. Please do not make arrangements to speak to your doctor regarding this as this places additional demands on our appointment system.


“Patient Access” is a simple and convenient way to order your prescriptions if you have access to a computer – please ask a member of the Medicines Management or Reception team to help with your registration if you would like to try it – for more information click here

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