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Please allow 24 hours to process your prescription. This enables us to check, record, issue and sign the prescription. We get several hundred requests a day so please allow us this time and please try to ensure that you do not run out of medication before ordering your repeat prescription. It may take longer if we have a query with your request or you are ordering something that is not on your repeat list or has to be requested via a third party.
You can bring, send, post or fax your prescription request to the Health Centre. Alternatively if you find it difficult to order or collect your medication from your chosen pharmacy, you could speak to the pharmacy of your choice about their RPS (repeat prescription service) and they may be able to order and deliver your medication to your door. If you do not want their full service you could arrange for them to do part of the service such as ordering or delivering only.
To use our online service you will need to first register to use the service, please ask how to do this at reception or follow the online link. Once you have a user name and password you can request your prescriptions monthly and at your convenience.
Please be aware that we no longer accept telephone requests for ordering repeat prescriptions. The main reason for this is one of safety and to prevent the wrong medication being ordered or prescribed. Many drugs have long and complicated names and errors can be made when ordering or describing what your drugs look like. Our repeat prescription clerks, whilst are fully trained, they are not clinicians and can only request what is ordered or pronounced / spelt by the patient. We are very sorry to those who used this service, but hope you can appreciate why we have decided to stop this method of ordering and can find an alternative option which suits you.
In case of emergency prescription requests, we will do our utmost to process these as quickly as possible. The earlier these requests are made, the better the chance of them being acted upon quickly and efficiently.
Ordering of repeat medication close to holiday periods
Please also remember that the surgery closes during bank holiday periods and so, should you take regular repeat medication, it is always advisable to order a few days earlier than normal, to ensure your prescription is ready to collect before the holiday period. This will prevent you running out of medication during any holiday period
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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
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.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please allow 24 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
EPS Phase 4
Roll-out of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Phase 4 to GP practices enables those GP practices to use electronic prescribing even for those patients that do not have nominated pharmacies. This helps the move towards patients being able to collect their prescription without having to call into the GP surgery o collect the paper prescription.
What is Phase 4? Previously, it was only possible to issue an EPS prescription where the patient had a nominated pharmacy or another dispenser. EPS had been most advantageous for patients who received regular medication and who tended to get their prescriptions dispensed at the same pharmacy most of the time.
Under Phase 4 of EPS, prescriptions would be sent via EPS by default, whether a patient has an EPS nomination in place or not. However, where certain criteria are met, a paper prescription would still be used, for example:• when a patient explicitly asks their GP for a paper prescription; or• when the medicine being prescribed is not listed in the NHS list of medicines
What happens if I don’t have a nominated Pharmacy – what can I do?
Speak to our reception team about getting a regular pharmacist set up for your regular medications. This will take a few moments to complete and means when you order, your prescription will do direct to the pharmacy – so now more trips into the surgery to collect the green piece of paper.
There will be some medications that still require a paper prescription so you may visit the pharmacy of your choice. These will now be called token(s) and may no longer be provided on the green paper you are used too.
This service will be live at Crofton and Sharlston Medical Practice from March 3rd 2020.
If you have any issues please contact reception and ask to speak with the repeat prescription clerk. Thank you
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