Prescription copies

I sometimes get asked what is ‘legally required’ if a patient asks for a copy of their prescription.

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Published: Spring 2017

Assuming that you have given them the prescription immediately following the sight test (as required by law) then do you have to give them a copy at all? If you give them a copy then who completes it and signs it? Does it have to be signed? The law stipulates what has to be on the prescription that you give the patient immediately following their sight test, but there is no requirement to give the patient a copy. Patients have a right to a copy of their clinical records, but as the prescription (in the format required by the regulations) is not included in this (as you have given it to the patient), this does not give them a right to a copy of the form that you handed them on completion of the sight test.

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