Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Your doctor may issue you with a prescription for medication which you can take to any pharmacy or may be sent to any pharmacy electronically - you need to advise the surgery of your 'nominated pharmacy' (see below for more information).

If you have repeat medications, these will be listed on the form attached to your current prescription. There is a letter box for completed repeat prescription requests at the surgery or you can order on-line via the link at the top of this page (you will need to register for this service).

PLEASE NOTE - Online services can only be accessed from within the UK.

Collections

We do advise that you allow at least 5 full working days between submitting your request for more medication and collecting it due to us receiving very high volumes of prescription requests and queries every day. It's also worth checking if your prescription is ready before coming in.

Prescriptions requests that are made electronically and sent electronically to a nominated pharmacy will be processed quicker- due to the nature of the processes involved. 

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip.

Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.

Prescription Fees

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

NHS Charges

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.

Medicine Sick Day Rules

When you should stop taking your medication?

When you are unwell with any of the following:

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor)
  • Fevers, sweats shaking
  • Then STOP taking the medicines listed here. Restart when you are well (after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally). If you are in any doubt, please contact us or your pharmacist.
  • ACE Inhibitors: Medicine names ending in 'pril' e.g. lisinopril, perindopril, ramipril
  • ARBs: Medicine names ending in 'sartan' e.g. losartan, candesartan, valsartan
  • NSAIDs: Anti-inflammatory pain killers e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen
  • Diuretics: Sometimes called 'water pills' egg furosemide, spironolactone, indapamide, bendroflumethiazide
  • Metformin: A medicine for diabetes