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Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions can be put into the prescription box in reception.  Repeat Prescriptions can be obtained by ticking the items required as shown on the last prescription slip received.  If you do not have a request slip please complete a routine slip held at Reception.  All on the day prescription requests must first be discussed with Reception. 

Your prescription can be sent directly to a Pharmacy  for collection, or delivery, if prior arrangements have been made. You will need to sign up with your chosen pharmacy to take advantage of these services. Alternatively you can enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your request and we will post it back to you.

Because we are constantly aware of the safety, the risks and, of course, the benefits of prescribed medicines, please understand that repeat prescriptions will only be available after careful scrutiny of your request.  Therefore please allow 48 hours (not including weekends and Bank Holidays) for the issue of a repeat prescription. Please allow 5 working days if your request is for a controlled drug.

On the day prescriptions are only issued in very exceptional circumstances identified by clinical need and will be available after 6.15pm.  Patients are advised to request a repeat prescription approximately 1 week before running out of their medication.

Repeat Prescriptions are not produced over the weekend or on Bank Holidays.  Please see below:

Requests Received before 3.30pm

Ready for Collection

Monday

After 1.00pm on Wednesday

Tuesday

After 1.00pm on Thursday

Wednesday

After 1.00pm on Friday

Thursday

After 1.00pm on Monday

Friday

After 1.00pm on Tuesday

When a doctor wishes you to have regular medication, you will need a Medication Review every 6 months.  Failing to attend your review may cause a delay to your request.  Please understand our cautionary approach on this matter as uncontrolled issues of repeat prescriptions could, under certain circumstances, be potentially dangerous and compromise your health. 

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.


NHS Prescription Charges from 1st April 2014

The current prescription charge is £8.05

  • 3 months Prepayment Certificate £29.10
  • 12 month Prepayment Certificates £104.00

 Phone 0300 330 1349 for the prescription services help line

Out of Practice Prescription

There may be occasions when we refuse to issue prescriptions authorised by other doctors or consultants.  This in no way questions the authority, integrity or knowledge of other practitioners. A refusal to issue a prescription in these cases follows local authority guidelines.

An example of why we might refuse a prescription is that we feel we do not have the specific expertise within the Practice to carry out safe monitoring of that prescription e.g. certain types of drugs require specialist control and monitoring. We may consider that repeat prescriptions should be issued by the initiating doctor.