Patients on regular long-term medication will be given a repeat prescription slip detailing their medicines. This slip is needed for repeat prescriptions requests. Our dispensary staff will explain how to use it.
Prescriptions are made up and ready to collect after 3 working days of a repeat prescription request.
Urgent Repeat Medicines Service
This service can be used when a patient needs an urgent prescription for a supply of their normal prescribed medicines when these have run out.
Instead of going to the Out of Hours GP service or hospital Emergency department, the patient can go to a Community Pharmacy and collect their medicines. The usual prescription fees or exemption from fees will apply.
Patients on holiday and temporary residents can also use this service both in hours and out of hours – to save having to make an appointment to see a GP locally where they are staying.
Pharmacies are obliged to inform the patient’s GP surgery of the prescriptions within 7 days.
Electronic Prescription Service
Instead of a paper prescription being printed and collected, the prescription can be sent electronically to the patient’s chosen pharmacy or Appliance Company.
This is an optional service and patients will not automatically have their prescriptions sent this way – it is an opt-in service.
The NHS EPS is a secure and confidential service and your electronic prescription will only be seen by the same people who see your paper prescription now (GP practice staff, pharmacy staff, NHS prescription payment and fraud prevention agencies).
Medication Waste Reduction and Safe Disposal Information
- Check your medicines before you leave the pharmacy. If you find unwanted medicines before you leave the building, they can be returned and issued to someone else. If they are taken home before being returned, they have to be destroyed.
- Only tick the medicines you need when you order. Medicines you don’t tick will still be on the form next time for you to order.
- Re-order medicines when you have 1 week’s supply left. If you need to order early for a holiday, please add an explanatory note.
- Always finish your current containers before opening new ones.
- Never order medicines you no longer use or need.
- If you stop taking a medicine, please let your doctor or pharmacist know.
- If you are taking a medicine you don’t believe is helping your condition, don’t just stop it. Please discuss your concerns with our Clinical Pharmacist at the surgery.
- If you are using a medicine less frequently than previously prescribed, please tell the dispenser or pharmacist, as the quantity of tablets can be reduced to reduce stockpiling.
- Remember please to never flush medicines down the toilet. This goes straight into the water supply and is very damaging to wildlife. Unwanted medicines and empty inhalers should be returned to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
View the cost of prescriptions on the NHS website.
You can also find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions.