Ordering Repeat Prescriptions
Repeat prescriptions are medications which appear on your prescription slip which the doctor would like you to continue on a regular basis. Your list can also be found on your online account.
Additional Patient advice before ordering
- Please check your medication cupboard before ordering
- Order your prescription when you have 7 days of medication left
- If you have a build-up of medication please let us know so that we can adjust the quantities so that everything falls in line
- Please do not order ‘just in case’. If you need the medication in future then you will still be able to request it.
- Let us know if you have stopped taking any of your medicines
Non-urgent advice: Patient Notice
Your repeat prescription will be processed and sent to your nominated pharmacy within 3 working days.
How to Request a Repeat Prescription
Repeat prescriptions may be ordered in 2 ways:
You can order your repeat prescriptions via Patient Access on a computer, tablet or smartphone. This can now also be done via the NHS App.
- In Person
Tick the boxes on your green repeat medication slip, OR, write a note stating what medications you would like and drop it off or post it to the surgery. Please only order medications that you need.
Collecting your Prescription
All prescriptions will be sent to your nominated pharmacy. If you do not have one nominated, then it will be automatically sent to your nearest chemist.
Find a list of your local pharmacies and their opening times using the ‘Find a pharmacy’ service via the NHS UK website.
For some/few medications, the prescription must be printed off and taken to the pharmacy in person. You will always be notified if this is the case for your prescription.
- NHS prescription charges – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Save money with a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Find a pharmacy – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Electronic Prescribing Service
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP practices to pharmacies. Eventually EPS will remove the need for most paper prescriptions.
You can nominate a pharmacy of your choice to receive your prescriptions electronically, saving you time on having to visit the surgery to collect your paper script.
There are a number of ways you can nominate a pharmacy to receive your prescriptions:
- Contact your local surgery
- Through the NHS App available on smart phones
- Through the Patient Access App or Website
- Contact your local pharmacy.
For more information visit the NHS website – Electronic prescriptions
Questions about your Prescription
If you have questions about your medication, your local pharmacists can answer your questions on prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
You can also contact us at the surgery in two ways.
- Phone our pharmacist after 10am on 01902 688500
- Fill in an online form
If you have a repeat prescription, we will ask you to come in at least once a year for a review. Please make sure you book a routine appointment when we ask you to come in for your review.
You can do this in three ways.
- Use an online form.
- Phone us Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6.30pm.
- Visit the surgery and speak with a receptionist, Monday to Friday from 10am.
Find out more about prescription charges on nhs.uk.
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.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You do not need an appointment.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
Disposing of Old Medicines
If your medicine is out of date, unwanted, or some of it is left over after you have stopped taking it, do not put it in your household bin or flush it down the toilet. Instead, take it to your pharmacy to be disposed of safely.
Did you know that your local NHS spends £15m a year on prescribing medicines that are available to buy at the pharmacy?
Following national guidance from NHS England, our GPs are asked not to prescribe these medicines (there are some exceptions, see the below link), including for conditions such as coughs, colds, headaches, mouth ulcers, travel sickness and mild toothache.
Your GP will not generally give you a prescription for over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over-the-counter medicines are available to buy at your local pharmacy.