Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat prescription requests can be made by:

  • Via your pharmacist
  • Online portal
  • Email
  • Post
  • A written request in the surgery's repeat prescription box

All requests must be made in writing giving details of the patient’s name, address, the name of the medicine and the dosage.

If you would like your prescription posted back to you please provide a self addressed stamped envelope.

Prescriptions when travelling

If you are travelling abroad and require a repeat medication you will need to make an appointment to see a clinician before you plan to travel.

Expected time frame for repeat prescriptions

We do not issue same day repeat prescriptions so please allow 72 hours (3 working days), excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. 

If you require a repeat prescription within less than 48 hours, please consult your usual pharmacist to obtain an emergency supply of your medication while we process your request. 

Guidelines 

We do not take requests over the telephone.

You do not need to make an appointment with a doctor for repeat prescriptions. 

Over The Counter Medicines

As of March 2018, the government has issued strict guidance in regards to over the counter medications. GPs and Non-GP clinicians will no longer be able to issue over the counter medications for minor health conditions.

Minor health conditions included a self-limiting condition, which does not require any medical advice or treatment as it will clear up on its own, such as sore throats, coughs and colds. They also include conditions that are suitable for self-care, which can be treated with items that can easily be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy, such as indigestion, mouth ulcers and warts and verrucae etc.

These changes will not affect the prescribing of over the counter items for longer term or more complex medical conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.

Click here for more information about over the counter medications that are no longer available on prescription.

Click here for a guide on Managing Your Pain Effectively Using “Over the Counter” (OTC) Medicines.

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, approximately 90% of prescription items are dispensed free of charge. Patient's who are entitles to free prescriptions are those:

  • On specific benefits
  • Who have applied to the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • Who are age exempt
  • Children and those who are students
  • Patients with certain medical conditions

For more information on medical exemption for your prescriptions, please click 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 prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

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 Prescription Pre-payment Certificate.

  • 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.

Electronic Prescribing

This practice is set up for the electronic prescription service.

This means that for most patients we can send your prescription to your chosen chemist directly saving you having to come down to the surgery.

To get your prescription sent to your chosen pharmacy you will have to ask reception to sign up.

For more information please click here