IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MONTHLY PRESCRIPTIONS
You may find that if you order more than a month of medications at a time your prescription has been reduced to one monthly in line with the standard national prescription length. This change has been made to address a number of issues including the ongoing restricted availability of many medications, decreasing medication stockpiling and wastage, improving patient safety, and increasing the use of electronic repeat dispensing to make repeat medication management easier, less time consuming and safer.
For many patients this change will not inconvenience them at all and will hopefully allow a change to a much easier, flexible (for example getting two months for holiday periods) and safer repeat medication system of ‘electronic repeat dispensing’. More details are available from your pharmacy, this information leaflet or your surgery.
We are well aware that for some patients extended length prescriptions are still the better option and we ask that you inform the surgery in writing (email or paper) if this is the case and your script can be extended and annotated so it does not revert to monthly.
Patients who are on long term medication, may order a repeat prescription without making an appointment to see their doctor each time. However, your doctor will still want to see you on a regular basis and you will be told how often you should be reviewed.
When you need a repeat prescription you can either:
- Return the computerised prescription slip to the surgery, marking the items that you require and indicating which pharmacy you would like the medication to be sent to.
- Telephone your local pharmacy to order your prescription. Pharmacy numbers can be found here.
- GP Online Services - If you would like to use this option, you must complete the relevant paperwork beforehand. You will ideally need to provide two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic. You can collect the relevant forms from reception or download them below. The forms must then be returned to reception with your identification. Once we have received your application we will register your e-mail address and you will automatically be sent a unique username and password to enable you to access online services. If you would like to discuss the registration process or any part of online services please contact Jonathan on 01822 616199. Further information can be found here
There is an independent pharmacy on the premises to dispense your medication or you can of course take the prescription to any other pharmacy of your choice. Please allow three working days for your prescription to be completed.
Some patients can get free prescriptions. There are various reasons for this. For more information and to see if you are eligible please ask at reception for a HC11 booklet.
The majority of our prescriptions are now sent electronically from the surgery directly to the Pharmacy of your choice. There are however a few exceptions to this rule. The receptionist will always keep you informed.
We also offer repeat dispensing to people who fulfil the criteria. If your GP feels you would be a suitable candidate for this they will let you know.