PRESCRIPTIONS & MEDICATION
If you are on regular medication your doctor may feel that your medication can be repeated without you seeing you each time you need another prescription. This means that you will be able to order your prescriptions without seeing the doctor.
The practice uses electronic prescribing, which means that your prescription will be sent automatically and electronically to your pharmacy each month. Please ensure that we know which pharmacy you have nominated to receive your electronic prescriptions.
To re-order a repeat prescription you should ideally request your medications online, so please make sure that you are registered to use Patient Access. If you cannot use Patient Access then please submit your prescription request in writing, including your name, date of birth and the medications that you require by;
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- using the 'repeat' white slip from the side of a paper prescription
- any other written form of request
TO PREVENT ERRORS, THE PRACTICE DOES NOT ACCEPT PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS VIA THE TELEPHONE
Please allow 72 working hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays) before collecting your medication from the pharmacy.
Please allow as much time as possible for your prescription to reach the pharmacy and be dispensed.
If your Doctor has prescribed controlled medication, you will be required to confirm your identity when collecting the prescription from the surgery.
When collecting a prescription which includes controlled medication, the person collecting the prescription will be required to provide photographic ID before the prescription is released by the practice.
If you have nominated another person to collect your controlled-drug prescription on your behalf, then please make sure that the person collecting has photo-ID to present to the surgery.
Acceptable photo-ID includes;
- Driving licence
- Bus pass
- Citizens ID
- Student ID
If you or the person collecting your controlled-drug prescriptions cannot provide the necessary ID, then please contact the surgery to nominate a pharmacy who will collect your prescription on your behalf.
ID REQUIREMENTS ONLY APPLY IF YOUR PRESCRIPTION INCLUDES CONTROLLED DRUGS
GPs and clinicians at this practice cannot prescribe cannabis-based medications.
Cannabis-based medications can only be prescribed by specialist hospital doctors, and are only prescribed in a very small number of cases.
There are very few circumstances in which a hospital specialist might consider prescribing medical cannabis, including;
- children with rare forms of epilepsy
- patients with spasticity from MS
- patients who are vomiting or feel sick from chemotherapy
These circumstances include only a very small number of patients.
If the above does not apply to you, please do not ask your GP for a referral for medical cannabis.
The practice uses electronic prescribing.
This means that most prescriptions are now sent to pharmacies electronically and automatically - saving paper, GP-time, pharmacy-time and your time.
If you have not done so already, please let reception know which pharmacy should receive your prescriptions.
The charges below apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.35
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
- 3-month PPC: £30.25
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
- Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
- General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
Help with NHS costs
In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:
- those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
- those who are age exempt
- those with certain medical conditions