Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

When requesting a repeat prescription, please use the repeat prescription form provided with your last prescription. Please clearly indicate those items that you need. Either hand in the form to reception or post the form to us. You may also fax the request to us.

Alternatively you can register for our online services and order via the link at the top of this page (see our appointments page for details on how to register.

For reasons of safety and confidentiality, we will not accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions.

Collecting Repeat Prescriptions

We deal with many hundreds of repeat prescription requests each week and each prescription needs to be carefully checked and printed before it can be signed. Please allow at least two full working days for your prescription to be ready. We are happy for you to request your prescription a week or two in advance if needed. If you are posting the request to us, please allow extra time for the post to be delivered. If you wish, you can include a stamped self-addressed envelope and we will post your prescription to you.

We have set up a prescription collection service with Mr. Patel, the pharmacist working next door to the surgery. Please let reception know when you send in your prescription if you would like us to arrange for it to go to the chemist for dispensing and collection there. Please be aware that three working days are required for the prescription to be issued, sent to the pharmacy and dispensed.

Medication Reviews

Each repeat prescription item has a review date.  This will be decided by your doctor when the prescription is first prescribed and will be reviewed by them on a regular basis.   If you have passed your review date, a reduced quantity of  prescriptions will be issued until you have reviewed the medication with your doctor or one of the nurses and may ultimately be stopped if it is deemed clinically unsafe to continue issuing medication.  

It is important to review your medication to check whether the medication is still needed and whether it is working as it should.   We will also check that you are not having side effects, arrange any tests that need to be done to monitor the effects and check that nothing better could be used. Your medication should be reviewed at least once a year and more frequently for some medication.

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £8.80
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.