Having a repeat prescription means you can obtain your prescription without having to see your GP. It is important that repeat prescriptions are monitored and reviewed annually, to ensure that the medication is still appropriate.
Coronovirus pandemic and prescriptions
All Dispensing GP practices and Community Pharmacies are facing unprecedented demands due to the Covid-19 crisis. We are currently working at full capacity, but if you have a genuinely urgent request please let us know and we will try to deal with this as quickly as possible.
Please note, until advised otherwise by Central the practice will continue to prescribe your usual 28 day supply of medication. Prescribing for excessive periods could result in shortages of some medicines, with serious clinical consequences.
All prescriptions are now processed in the Dispensary. Patients who are eligible to use the Dispensary may collect their medication from the Dispensary. All other patients may collect their prescription from the Dispensary prior to taking it to a pharmacy of their choice. Alternatively, patients may arrange with a local pharmacy to collect their prescriptions and dispense their medication.
Patients who are self-isolating can telephone the practice to order their prescriptions and we can forward them to the dispensary or the pharmacy of their choice. The Dispensary operates a free delivery service for housebound and shielding patients. Delivery is also provided by other pharmacies - ask at your pharmacy for further details.
For all repeat repeat prescriptions timescales please allow 1 week from making the request into the Practice before collection. Please please allow extra days if affected by Bank Holidays.
How to undertake this request:
- Order your repeat prescription online
- Use your current repeat prescription slip or complete a request form, available in the foyer or at the Dispensary.
- Place your request form in the collection box in the Health Centre, post it to the surgery or fax it to us on 01477 532563.
- Send an email to:
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Health Centre limited access 3rd and 4th March
As we reach the final stages of the Health Centre development it’s time to start work on the front of the building. To do this safely we are planning to close access via the front of the building on Wednesday 3rd March and Thursday 4th March. During these two days we will only be able to see patients with urgent medical problems but we will continue to triage as currently. All non-urgent problems will be deferred to another day. If access the Health Centre is advised instructions will be given how to do this safely. All areas will be clearly signed. Prescription collection from the dispensary will also be limited so unless you have run out of medication please do not collect your medication during these days.
During the current COVID-19 crisis the main doors for the Health Centre and Dispensary will be closed between 13:00 to 14:00, but phone lines remain open during this time.
- Prescriptions may be collected from the Dispensary between 08:30 and 13:00, and 14:00 and 18:30.
- Please allow 1 week for prescription requests
- Our new Dispensary is now open and available for collection of prescriptions for all patients who have not specified a preferred pharmacy.
- COVID-19 restrictions currently limit the Dispensary Waiting Room to two patients at a time - please wear a face covering when entering the building. If you are collecting a prescription on behalf of another patient you will need to provide staff with their name, date of birth and address. Unfortunately if you are unable to provide this information we will not be able to hand over the prescription.
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.
From 1 April 2020:
The current prescription charge is £9.15 per item (£17.20 per pair of elastic hosiery).
If you need more than 12 prescribed medicines each year , you could save money with a 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC), which cost £105.90
You can also buy a three-month prepayment certificate PPC (costing £29.65), which will save you money if you need more than three prescribed medicines in three months.
Telephone advice and PPC 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
To check to see if you are entitled to free prescriptions click NHS free prescriptions
Information about your medication
To find out how your medicine works, how and when to take it, possible side effects and answers to your common question go to Medicines A to Z.