Changes to Prescription Requests
We have changed our prescription request process to reduce the need for patients to visit our sites to request prescriptions. From Friday 27th March 2020 we will no longer be accepting paper prescription requests. You can request medication in the following ways:
- Online Services (If you are not signed up call us on 02392 009191 between 2pm and 5pm)
- NHS App
- Via your local pharmacy
Click the link below for more information:
Our clinical system provider, SystmOne, allows us to offer our patients convenient services through the secure website SystmOnline.
Once registered with the service (details below), you will be able to log in and do the following:
- Review and order your repeat prescriptions
- Make an appointment
- Cancel an appointment
- View your summary care record
- See a detailed view of your coded medical record
- Update your contact details
- Answer questionnaires on your medical health and the practice's services.
Here is a video about the benefirs of Online Services.
Registering for Online Services
To register for our SystmOnline you will need to visit the practice, bringing with you a form of photo identification such as a drivers licence or passport. You will then be issued with a username and password.
Please be aware that while ultimately the safety and security of the information in your online record is your own responsibility to protect. A few simple steps to help keep your information secure are below, however this is not a comprehensive list.
- Do not share your account details with anyone you do not want to have access.
- Do not leave your computer/laptop/mobile device unattended whilst logged in.
- If you feel the security of your account has been breached, contact your local surgery immediately.
Repeat prescriptions are normally for patients on long-term treatment and have to be arranged after consultation with your doctor.
Repeat prescriptions can be ordered in the following ways;
- Online via the link at the top of this page;
- By written request at the Surgery via Reception or if your prescription is on computer, tick the items you require on the tear-off slip;
- From your local pharmacy via the Electronic Prescription Service.
Please allow 72 working hours before collecting your prescription. If collecting from you nominated pharmacy, please check for their usual collection turnaround times.
It is the patients' responsibility to request repeat prescriptions in a timely manner to ensure that you do not run out of your regular medications.
Urgent requests for medication will only be considered for the medications below:
- Epilepsy Medication
- GTN Spray
- Blood Thinners
- Water Tablets
- Transplant Medication
- Hydrocortisone Tablets/ Prednisolone
- Parkinson's Drugs
'Priority' Prescriptions will be available for collection after 17:30 weekdays. Please note: No other medications will be treated as 'Urgent'.
This is a clinical decision made by the GP's to ensure safe prescribing for our patients. Our Medical Receptionists will not be able to alter this decision.
Electronic Prescribing Service
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
Electronic Repeat Dispensing
Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) makes managing your repeat prescriptions easier. If you are on a regular repeat prescription you may be eligible for eRD. eRD will automatically send your repeat prescription to your pharmacy, removing the need for you to request it from us first. If you would like to sign up to eRD, please let us know.
For more information about how the NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service works. Please click here to watch a short video.
We are collaborating with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) who is providing NHS numbers for those patients that maybe suitable for electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The information is obtained from NHS prescriptions submitted to the NHSBSA.
Help with NHS costs
In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions 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
- More information is available at NHS Choices
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
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 PPC.
- 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.
Over The Counter Medications
Since September 2018, guidance on what we can prescribe has changed. We no longer prescribe 'over the counter medicines' unless in exceptional circumstances.
Over the counter medicines are medicines which are available to buy from local pharmacies or supermarkets.
This change has come in to place to help the NHS manage its resources sensibly.
For more information please click on the link below:
Gluten Free Prescribing
NHS England has undertaken a national consultation of prescribing of Gluten Free. This consultation has led to a number of Gluten Free items no longer being available on prescription on the NHS from 1st December 2018.
To view our Gluten Free FAQ please click on the link below: