Repeat Prescriptions

Patients on repeat medication can deliver ticked computer slips to reception, put in the letter box outside the surgery or via patient access on our website for issue after 2 full working days.

How to order a repeat prescription

Please allow 3 working days for your request to be processed.

You can nominate a Chemist of your choice so that your prescription can be sent electronically to this nominated Chemist (EPS) – this service still requires 2 working days notice.

What should I do if I change my Pharmacy?

If you change Pharmacy and arrange for your prescriptions to be electronically sent to them, please let the surgery know so that we can update it in your medical record.

If there is a fault with the system or if you are prescribed certain medications that cannot be sent via EPS, your prescription will be printed. In this case we need to manually update your record with your new pharmacy.

You can notify us via our online form.

Understanding your medicines

It is not possible for us to consider all possible side-effects of your medication during normal consultations. We therefore recommend that you read the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) enclosed with any medicines prescribed by the NHS.

According to the MHRA (Medicine’s and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), “Self-care, a key government objective, relies heavily on patients having sufficient high quality information on which to base their decision-making”. The PIL is intended to provide uniform, objective and up to date information to which you can refer to at all times in order to help you to participate fully in concordant decision-making about medicines prescribed, or recommended, by healthcare professionals.

They should be read regularly to check for any changes as the pharmaceutical companies do update PILs from time to time as knowledge develops.

Please discuss any matters that may arise with your pharmacist in the first instance.

Electronic Prescribing Service

We now recommend all prescriptions are sent electronically to your pharmacy. Let reception know which chemist you would like us to send your prescription to; nominating a chemist means that we can send your prescription to your chosen chemist directly saving you having to come down to the surgery.

A doctor or clinical pharmacist will need to obtain consent from any eligible patients before you can be moved over to this system.

Please watch this video for more information.

You will need to request your medication from the surgery each month.

For more information, click here.

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemption 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

If your pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months, you are entitled to free NHS prescriptions. This only applies if you have a valid maternity exemption certificate.

More information available here.

NHS Charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35
  • 12 month pre-payment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3 month PPC: £30.25

If you have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 month, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0842 850 0030
  • General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC on-line

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

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication may be asked to see a clinician at least once a year to review these regular medication and notification should appear on your repeat slip.

Medication reviews are important for safe prescribing and ensuring your repeat medications are appropriate. If you do not attend for your medication review after 3 notifications, we may not be issuing your repeat prescriptions or the quantity may be reduced for your safety.

Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.