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Patients taking regular medication are usually able to obtain repeated prescriptions without having to see a doctor on each occasion. However we do carry out annual reviews with patients who are on repeat mediction. With each prescription is a computer slip listing the medications prescribed. This will also inform patients if it is likely that their prescription needs reviewing by their doctor before a further issue. We advise all patients to take note of these slips and keep them safe.
You can request a repeat prescription in the following ways:
Prescriptions may be collected from the surgery or can be collected by a local pharmacy of your choice. You must contact the relevant pharmacy to arrange this. Some pharmacies operate a delivery service.
Please do allow 48 hours for prescriptions to be issued. If your medication requires authorisation then you may need to see a doctor before a further prescription is issued. Usually where this is the case, your previous prescription will have had a warning message attached. We regret we are unable to deal with prescription requests after 4.00 pm.
We are now operating the repeat dispensing scheme in conjunction with local pharmacies. If you receive a regular, unchanging prescription you may be able to request your prescription direct from the pharmacy only returning to the Surgery when a review of your treatment is due. Ask your G.P. for more information.
What is repeat dispensing?
It is a new way of getting your medicines or other prescribed items without asking your doctor for a prescription each time. If your prescription list is regular and unchanging then this is an ideal method for you. If your medicines are constantly changing in dose or type, then repeat dispensing is not a good method.
How does it work?
Your doctor will sign and give you an authorising repeat dispensing prescription along with a number of repeat dispensing issue forms. You should then take all of these to the pharmacy of your choice. The pharmacist will then issue your first prescription.
What do I do when my prescription runs out?
You should return to the pharmacy where your next issue will be dispensed.
What happens when my repeat dispensing issue forms have run out?
You should return to your doctor for review of your medication. Your pharmacist should advise you when your issue forms have run out.
Do I need to use the same pharmacy?
Yes. Most pharmacies provide this service. If you wish to change, you will need to get a fresh authorisation and set of issues from your doctor.
Under NHS rules you have to pay a charge for each item prescribed. The charge is currently £7.20 per item. Not all patients have to pay for their prescriptions. If a patient is are entitled to free prescriptions they will be asked to show the pharmacist proof of this. Patients exempt from payment include the following:
You are entitled to free prescriptions if you are currently pregnant or have had a baby within the past 12 months. You can apply for a Maternity Exemption Certificate using form FW8. You can get this form from the surgery. Your doctor or midwife will normally give you this form when you first attend antenatal clinic.
Medical Exemption Certificates
You can obtain a Medical Exemption certificate if you suffer from one of the conditions listed below:
You can apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate by obtaining form FP29A and getting it signed by your doctor.
If you are not entitled to free prescriptions but receive a large amount of prescribed medication, you may wish to apply for a Pre-payment Certificate. The NHS advises patients to apply for one if they have to pay for four or more prescriptions in 4 months or 14 prescriptions in 12 months. The certificates last for 4 or 12 months and can be applied for by completing application form FP95. The form is available from a main Post Office, local pharmacies and the Health Authority. From 1 April 2009, the charges are:
The charge for a single prescription item is £7.20, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £28.25 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
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