I had a repeat prescription since september for a beta blocker and an antidepressant, the doctor initially didn't seem to want me to be on them for very long but I couldn't get a proper answer as to why when I asked a different doctor, she just said like ' because you will become dependent on it ' its like so what, if it isn't harmful why does it matter if you depend on it ... so not sure about that. Anyway we somehow broke the repeat prescription, I think my dad wrote the wrong thing and we ended up getting vitamin D instead so I ended up going down to the pharmacy on my electric chair thing and they directed me to the pharmacy inside the hospital itself who then sent the prescription back to the other one and I had to wait a few days and sent my dad to go get it ( even though I could actually see that the hospital pharmacy had the exact same drug but presumably in the 40mg variety because I looked around at the colours of all the boxes ). Those ones ran out again though so now I have to do that process again so I went there today on the chair but the hospital was 'closed for staff training, emergency only'. I had an idea a few weeks ago, how about certain companies could sell the drugs via mail order / online etc if the NHS gives them a license to sell that particular drug, either with or without a prescription or some sort of access code given by the GP, whatever, I don't see why these particular drugs even need to be restricted when they don't seem to be dangerous when taken within the guidelines or require periodic monitoring ( unless the other doctor did not tell me the truth about these particular drugs ). I'm starting to empathize with the people that want to legalize marijuana etc So I searched on Google and I found out that this system already exists, except when I tried to register for it it said that my particular hospital does not provide the electronic prescription service needed ... its a town of about 20 thousand population. Maybe why this is an example of why the NHS is having problems with budget etc, the process just seems inefficient overall and requiring more appointments to speak to the doctor than seems necessary. perhaps @charles shepherd would know more about this ?