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Repeat Prescriptions

Please allow 2 normal working days for the preparation of your repeat prescription.

We ask that you order well in advance prior to a Bank Holiday. 

Periodically, you may be asked to attend the surgery for a review of your prescription.

 Prescriptions may be ordered in the following ways:

  • Using the Repeat Prescription link which will require a user name and password to be generated from EMIS our Clinical System - follow the instructions on the link above.
  • By completing your repeat prescription form which you should hand into reception or put through the letterbox;
  • By completing a request form available in reception; or
  • Faxing your request to us on 01235 536321

Ordering Your Prescription Online

To order your prescription online you will require a user account.  If you do not have a user account please complete the attached request form Patient Online Registration Form and return it to Reception (if you would also like access to your medical record please bring two forms of ID as stipulated on the registration form).

Obtaining Urgent Repeat Prescriptions when you are away from home...

Planning ahead

If you are going away on holiday or a business trip, please make sure you have enough medicine to cover the time you’ll be away.   If your usual repeat prescription will be due while you are away, remember:

  •  to us ask for extra medicine to cover this period
  •  that we are not open at weekends or bank holidays and that pharmacies are usually  open for limited periods during these times too
  •  to check your local pharmacy’s opening hours to make sure you can get your  prescription in time

If you are on holiday in the UK and have forgotten or lost your medication, please call us during normal surgery hours so that we can arrange to send a prescription to a pharmacy at your holiday destination.  You will need to check that the pharmacy of your choice can receive prescriptions electronically (see information on the electronic prescription service, EPS, below) and provide us with the pharmacy name and postcode.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

We are able to provide the electronic prescription service which is known as EPS. The prescription is an electronic message sent directly to your nominated pharmacy. EPS is reliable, secure and confidential. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.

You can change your nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription. If you don't want your prescription to be sent electronically just tell your GP/Nurse. If you want to change or cancel your nomination speak to any pharmacist that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.

The benefits of EPS are:

  • The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
  • Your GP or nurse will be able to send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
  • If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP / Nurse can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice.
  • You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as your repeat prescriptions can be made ready before you arrive.  Electronic prescriptions cannot be lost so you won't have to spend time trying to find them or asking the surgery to issue another paper prescription.
  • No need to go back to the pharmacy for medication that is owed to you, as the pharmacy will know what you need in advance.

With EPS if a patient is on a regular medication the GPs/Nurse will be able to use a system called ‘repeat dispensing’. This will mean that some patients will be changed to 28 days’ worth of medication to be dispensed at a time but the GPs / Nurse will authorize 6 months’ worth of prescriptions to be sent to the pharmacy. 

 

This allows the pharmacists to manage their stock ordering more efficiently as they know in advance what items to order in. It reduces waste of unused and partly used medication which costs the NHS an estimated £300 million each year, and reduces the amount of medication that is in the patient’s home. 

 

 
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