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Repeat Prescriptions

 

The review date on your prescription is the date on which the doctor will review your medication. The doctor will let you know if you need to be seen.

 

Ordering your repeat prescription

 

To order your repeat prescriptions, please phone the Dispensary or complete a request slip and post or deliver it to the surgery.

 

Or you can order you repeat prescription online by clicking on the link below:

 

On-line repeat prescriptions are available now

 

We offer patients the opportunity to order their repeat prescriptions on-line using your computer / tablet or mobile phone. You need to request access to use this service. Ask for details at the surgery.

 

When you have been issued with login details click on the link below to create your account or access your account when it has been created. If you are using an Android or iPhone you can obtain an app from the patient uk website that will allow you to access the service on your mobile phone.

 

Please note you can only order medications which are listed. You cannot use the on-line service to ask for medication not on the list.

 

Order repeat prescriptions or book an appointment

 

Collecting your repeat prescription

 

Requests that we receive before 11 am. will be ready for collection 2 working days later ( please remember that the weekend days have to be excluded!), but if you request your prescription to be sent to a Pharmacy outside the immediate area, it will take longer. If you are collecting your prescription from the surgery, please avoid 1 pm to 2.30 pm.

 

Our dispensary is open

 

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 18.00 

Telephone lines open: 09:00 - 11:00 and 15:00 - 17:00

 

If you live more than one mile from a chemist’s shop as the crow flies, we can dispense medicines to you. If you wish to obtain your medicines from us and satisfy this condition, you will need to fill out a form. You will be offered this service when you join the practice or when you move house, providing you are eligible.

 

If you are not eligible to use our dispensing services, or if you prefer to use a local pharmacy we can usually arrange to send your prescription there. Please ask our dispenser for details.

 

Changes to the Prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines

NHS England have announced some changes with regard to NHS prescribing of a range of medicines, vitamins and minerals that are available to buy over the counter from Pharmacies and Supermarkets which will come into effect on the 31st May 2018.  This follows a National consultation and subsequent NHS England Guidance that recommends over the counter medicines associated with a number of minor, short term conditions, which are either self-limiting or can be self-treated by the individual, should no longer be routinely prescribed by GP Surgeries but purchased by the patient.

With effect from this date, your GP will no longer be able to issue prescription medication for the following conditions:

 

Acne - Mild
Athlete's Foot
Burns or Scalds - Minor
Cold Sores (No Acyclovir)
Colic
Conjunctivitis
Constipation (infrequent) - Adult
Coughs & Colds
Cradle Cap
Cystitis - Mild
Dandruff
Dermatitis - Mild
Diarrhoea
Ear Wax
Eyes (dry or tired)
Haemorrhoids (Piles)
Hay Fever (mild/moderate)
Head Lice
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Indigestion & Heartburn
Insect Bites
Mouth Ulcers
Nappy Rash
Pain associated with Minor Conditions (aches and sprains, headache, back or period pain)
Ringworm
Skin - mild dryness
Sore throat (lozenges or sprays)
Sun Protection
Sunburn
Threadworms
Thrush - Oral
Toothache/Teething Toothpaste (high fluoride)
Travel Sickness
Verrucas
Warts

This change applies to medicines for the above conditions, together with a range of vitamins and minerals, unless there is a medical deficiency.  A full list of the conditions and the current NHS England guidance can be found at www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/otc, or can be collected from Reception at the Surgery.

There are exceptions, which include:

  • Patients who are prescribed an over the counter medicine for a long term or more complex condition, or
  • Where a Clinician considers that a patient’s well-being could be affected due to health, mental health or significant social vulnerability. 

A full list of exceptions can be found using the link above, or can be collected from Reception at the Surgery.

The CCG estimate that the annual prescribing cost for these medicines in Gloucestershire alone is around £2 Million, and this money could be put to better use to support vital healthcare in the county.

If you feel you need medicines for any of the above conditions, your first point of contact should be your local Pharmacy, who will be happy to advise you on appropriate treatment as required.

We appreciate this may cause some inconvenience to patients, but this is a National initiative which affects all GP Surgeries and as a Practice we are duty-bound to follow the guidance issued by NHS England.

Thank you.

 

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