Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

We no longer accept repeat prescription requests over the phone. Our main reason for this is safety.  Sometimes confusion with drug pronunciations amongst other things can cause mistakes which we hope to avoid where possible.

Requests for repeat prescriptions will be available within 48 hours (2 working days).

Items that you can obtain on a repeat prescription are printed on a tear-off strip as part of the prescription form. You must return the tear-off slip with the items you require ticked off.

They can be returned either by posting them in the box next to reception or by mail (Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope).

You can also register for Systmonline access and order via the link at the top of this age. Please contact the Surgery next time you want to request a repeat prescription and the staff can organise access to these services - you will need to confirm your identity and may need to provide official identification for our records, such as a passport or driving licence.

Please do not submit requests more than 5 working days in advance without making reception aware. The practice has limited ability to ‘store’ requests and can only accept advance requests if the staff have been specifically informed.

Your Pharmacy may have a separate policy to assist you with an advance notice request.

Do You Get Regular Medicines?

Save time and help your surgery, your pharmacy and the NHS by using electronic repeat dispensing.  Your doctor will send a series of repeat prescriptions to your pharmacy in one go, so there's no need for you to order them each time.  Contact the Reception team to book a telephone consultation with our Pharmacist or a GP to start using electronic repeat dispensing.

Visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/eprescriptions or ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Repeat Dispensing.pdf

Medication Reviews System

You may only need to attend for a medication review every 3 -12 months depending on your clinical condition. The clinical team will assess your medication when your review is due and you may be asked to book appointments with the nursing team for routine monitoring blood tests / Management of your Diabetes/ Asthma/ Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease/Coronary Heart Disease/ Hypertension etc. Our aim is to ensure that your medical condition is managed by the appropriate person and avoid unnecessary surgery visits for you. 

Prescription Fees

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
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65

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

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

What to expect from your local pharmacy team

Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with minor health concerns.

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need.  For example they will tell you if you need to see a GP.

Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.  Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends.  You don't need an appointment - you can just walk in.

Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.

Help with your medicines

Pharmacists can answer your questions on prescription and over the counter medicines.  All pharmacies provide the following services:

  • dispensing NHS prescriptions
  • access to the repeat prescription service (EPS)
  • an emergency supply of medicine (subject to the decision of the pharmacist)
  • non-prescription medicines like paracetamol
  • advice on treating minor health concerns

Repeat prescriptions

If you're regularly prescribe the same medication, your GP may offer a prescription that can be repeated several times. 

You can choose which pharmacy you would prefer to collect your prescriptions from and your GP will send your prescription there (EPS).

You'll then be able to collect your repeat medicines directly from the pharmacy you have chosen until your GP needs to review your treatment.  This means fewer trips to the GP just to get another prescription.

Minor Illnesses

Pharmacies can give treatment advice about a range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • coughs
  • colds
  • flu
  • earache
  • cystitis
  • skin rashes
  • teething
  • red eye

If you want to buy over the counter medication, the pharmacist and their team can help you.

Antibiotics are not be available over the counter.