For long term treatments you may be allowed repeat prescriptions without seeing the doctor each time, though we may ask to see you periodically. Please allow at least 48 hours notice for these and note that only specific medications will be treated as medically urgent and fast tracked. . For repeat prescriptions we request that you bring in a list of the items needed, preferably on the computerised list issued to you. We do not take repeat prescription requests over the telephone. However, you can fax your request to 0117 9314347.
Better still, Patients can manage repeat prescription requests via the On-Line Patient Access Service. (See On-line services under the 'New Patients' tab)
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is also a more convenient service for patients. Patients nominate a pharmacy and then the completed prescription is sent electronically from the Practice directly to your local pharmacy for collection. EPS and on-line prescription requests make the process safer and more convenient and we would encourage all patients to make use of these services.
Practice Policy for Prioritising Medically Urgent Medication
In order to allow us to safely prescribe the 14000+ items issued per month, we need to apply systems. All repeat medication requests take 48 hours to process or occasionally slightly longer if a more detailed review is required. People are sometimes unable to renew their prescriptions in time and are concerned about the impact on their health should a couple of days of mediation be missed. The reality is that there are only a very few medications where your health may be affected by missing a couple of days.
The Practice treats the following medications as being medically urgent:
- Anti- coagulants
- Diabetic medication
- Furosemide / Spironolactone / Bumetanide
- Contraception medications
- Anti-cancer drugs
- Angina GTN spray.
If concerned, you can contact your regular pharmacy to discuss your medication shortage and request ‘emergency supply’ of your medicines if appropriate. To improve repeat prescription request security, you can also apply for On-Line repeat prescribing and make use of the Electronic Prescription Service.
To contact the Prescribing Team, please email brccg.L81118.email@example.com or select Prescribing Team from the options when you phone us.
Repeat Dispensing - A new way to get repeat prescriptions
Do you get the same type and quantity of medicines regularly?
Do you often use the same Pharmacy?
If so, we can put you on repeat dispensing so that you only have to request your medications from us once a year. Twelve months of repeat prescriptions are then sent to your pharmacy to collect directly from them as and when the monthly re-issue date comes around. If you are interested in receiving prescriptions direct from your pharmacist, please read the attached leaflet and contact us with your details at SGMC Prescribing.
Repeat Dispensing Information Leaflet
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
The prescription charge as from 1 April 2014 is £8.05 per item. If you are taking several regular medicines it may be more cost effective to consider purchasing a prepayment certificate (PPC). There are 4 ways you can obtain a prescription prepayment certificate:
Online – complete and submit a PPC (FP95) application form on the NHS Business Services Authority website and pay by debit or credit card
By phone – 0300 330 1341, and pay by debit or credit card
By post – pick up an FP95 application form from any GP surgery or pharmacy or download and print the form (PDF, 52kb), then send the completed form with your cheque, postal order, credit card or debit card details to the address shown on the form at a registered pharmacy – you can buy a PPC at a registered pharmacy using the FP95 application form (see above); check if your local pharmacist is registered (PDF, 166kb) (you don't need to complete payment details on the form, as you can pay the pharmacy directly)
Prepayment Certificate Prices:
3 Months – £ 29.10
12 Months – £104.00
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