Prescriptions

How to request a repeat prescription

The surgery will issue your medication every 28 days. This is in line with national and local guidance for to safety and wastage.

You can order your repeat prescriptions in the following ways:

Whichever system is used, please ensure your requirements are clearly indicated.

Please allow two working days for the prescription request to be processed, giving sufficient notice before the medication runs out.

Prescriptions requested more than one week early will not be dispensed early, unless the dates involve pharmacy closures e.g. bank holidays, or personal holidays. Please put a note on the request if that is the case.

Medication review

In the interests of safe patient care, the patient must have an annual medication review with the doctor to assess needs and to check the effect of the prescribed medication.

If you have been requested to completed a medication review online, please complete our online medication review form.

Should this review not take place, a repeat medication cannot be guaranteed.

The computerised printout of the medication list clearly states when the review is due. Please ensure an appointment is made for this time to ensure that you do not run out of your medication.

Dispensing

Patients living more than one mile away from a chemist can obtain their medicines from the surgery. Those living nearer are required by government regulations to take their prescription to a chemist.

Unused prescription medicines

Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in the UK an estimated £300million every year.

Please only order what you need.

Hospital admissions

We would like to inform patients who are going into hospital that they need to take with them an up to date list of all their medication.

Please ask reception for a copy of this if needed. They will be happy to provide this for you.

Prescription 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.

NHS charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.00.
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00.
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10.

If you 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 PPC. Please visit the NHS website for further information.