How to get a prescription
If you think you may need a prescription please discuss your needs with the receptionist. Our Nurse Consultants can also issue prescriptions for common ailments. If you have previously been given a prescription for a straightforward condition, such as hay fever, reception staff may be able to arrange for issue of a prescription after identifying your needs and obtaining the advice of a clinician. Your local pharmacist can also give you advice for non-prescription medication.
How to get a repeat prescription
Repeat Dispensing and synchronisation is a scheme to help you spend less time getting your medication, and you need not worry about running out. Under the scheme, your doctor can write a prescription for up to 6 months worth of medicines. This can be issued to you in regular batches by any local pharmacy you choose. If you join Repeat Dispensing you will not need to request your regular medication from your surgery. Instead you go straight to the pharmacy you have chosen to collect your medicines when you need them. The pharmacist may ask you some questions about your health and medicines each time you collect your medicines, this is to ensure that you are not having any problems.
Repeat Presscribing is an efficient way to get your repeat prescriptions. If you get the same medicines regularly and you would like to collect your repeat prescriptions direct from your pharmacy without having to contact the Doctor then sign up for the scheme. When you sign up for the scheme you will be given leaflets about the scheme and forms that you need to keep safe.
Many patients make appointments to see the doctor to ask for a ‘repeat prescription’ and the doctors fully understand that patients can gain reassurance from this. We hope however, that patients will recognise that signing up for the repeat dispensing and syncronisation schemes will help to reduce the high demand for the doctors time. Your doctor will make sure it’s safe to give your medicines this way and if a review of your medication is needed the doctor will let you know.
When you need your medication you take Form RA and Form RD to the participatig pharmacist. If you are on a number of different medications we can syncronise your prescription. This means that every prescription will include all the medicines you need so you won’t have to keep ordering and collecting different prescriptions. Call your local pharmacy if you are interested in getting all your medication at once.
You can order your prescription for the treatment of long-term conditions by completing the prescription request slip or a written request and handing this in at reception. The practice requests 48 hours notice in writing for repeat prescriptions, although we are often able to supply your prescription the next day. You can also order your prescriptions online.
In the UK around 16 appointments per GP per day are made by patients for conditions that are self treatable
Local GP practices are supporting the need to review all NHS spending to ensure it is giving value for money for all patients. This means that Doctors are working hard to direct NHS funds towards those medicines that make a real difference to patient’s lives, for example, those suffering disability, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a wide range of other illnesses. Therefore we may ask you to treat minor ailments with easily purchased over-the-counter products, many of which can be bought cheaply under their generic name rather than paying for a branded version.
Please support your NHS by asking your local pharmacist (chemist) for advice on the following Minor Ailments:
- Pain Relief
- Colds & Flu
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Productive Cough
- Dry Skin
- Nasal Congestion
- Tummy Upset
- Hay Fever
- Bites & Stings
- Nappy Rash
- Athletes Foot
- Oral Cold Sores
- Mouth Ulcers
- Warts & Verrucae
- Vaginal Thrush (Adults)