Requesting a Prescription
All prescriptions must be requested in writing and you should allow two working days before collection. There are a number of ways repeat prescriptions can be dealt with:
• By using our Internet Repeat Prescription Service (see above). New users to this service please visit Reception and complete a form. We will then create an account and PIN for you to collect. Once you are registered online, you will see that there is a comments box available. This box can be used to request to send your prescription directly to a Pharmacy if you wish.
• Putting your repeat prescription request in the box in the waiting room. Medication on the repeat system can be requested by ticking the items required on the list attached to the prescription. For all other requests the name and address of the patient and the name, strength and dosage of the medication is needed.
• Arranging through one of the nine local pharmacies to collect your prescription for you. You will need to arrange this initially with your Pharmacist. For a list of Pharmacies with which we have a collection arrangement, please ask at reception.
• Sending your request to us with a stamped, self-addressed envelope for us to send back to you. A first class stamp will speed its return.
If you are seeing a consultant privately then they may issue you with a private prescription. It will be necessary for you to take this to a hospital pharmacy where you will be charged the full cost of the medication. The practice will not accept the responsibility for issuing an NHS prescription in place of this initial private prescription.
However, the practice may supply subsequent prescriptions under the NHS if the following criteria have been satisfied:
a) We have received documentation from the consultant giving a diagnosis, full details of the prescribed medication and responsibilities for monitoring and follow up.
b) The medication prescribed is in line with local formularies, NICE guidance and other national guidance. If this is not the case you may be prescribed an alternative drug from the same therapeutic class. Please do not leave private prescriptions at reception as they cannot be processed in General Practice.
All medication is constantly monitored to ensure that it is being correctly used, that it is still effective and is having no detrimental side effects. You may therefore periodically be asked to have blood tests or blood pressure checks or attend asthma, well woman, diabetic or coronary heart disease clinics or GP reviews. Appointments for these should be made as soon as possible to ensure continuation of medication.