Completing prescriptions

Clarification on who should sign a patient's prescription.

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Published: Summer 2009


I would like to start by reminding you all of the required elements that need to be on the patient’s prescription. A patient contacted us concerned that her prescription had not been signed by the practitioner who examined her eyes, but by another unnamed practitioner. The actual examination was carried out by a trainee optometrist, and the prescription was signed by the supervisor, but it did not contain the supervisor’s (or, I presume, the trainee’s) name. The Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) (No 2) Regulations state that the prescription must contain – amongst other things - the ‘name and practice address of the doctor or optometrist who carried out the testing of sight’… You must therefore ensure that your name is included on it.

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