This is a service for patients who have been prescribed items which the doctor has identified as being those where further supplies may be requested without seeing the doctor in person. The right hand side of the prescription is a counterfoil listing repeat medication which you may use to request your next supply.
Requests may be requested online via the link at the top of this page, handed in at reception or posted to the surgery. (If you supply a stamped addressed envelope the new prescription will be posted back to you).
Other points to remember when using this service are:
- Telephone requests cannot be accepted, as this may lead to errors and also causes delays for others trying to contact the surgery.
- Please make your request in good time – don’t wait until you have run out of medication. You should allow 2 working days to obtain your prescription.
There is a date printed on the counterfoil of your prescription. This is to remind the doctor to review your medication. If the doctor feels it is necessary, he or she may ask you to make an appointment to see them before your next supply of medication.
Over the Counter Medicines
Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
Click on the link below for more information:
Electronic Prescribing Service
This practice is set up for the electronic prescription service.
This means that for most patients we can send your prescription to your chosen chemist directly saving you having to come down to the surgery.
To get your prescription sent to your chosen pharmacy you will have to ask reception to sign up.
For more information please click here
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
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
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.
Further Information Regarding Prescription Changes
Despite having much less money to spend, the government has promised to maintain front line NHS services. This can only be done if “efficiency” savings are made within the NHS. The cost of drugs is one area where efficiency savings can be made by using less costly but equally effective alternatives. The Langton Medical Group were asked to make savings of £50,000 in the year to April 2011. 20% of these savings were retained by the practice to pay for the work involved and employment of a pharmacist. You may notice some small changes to your prescription which we hope you will accept. If there are very special circumstances which make this difficult please let us know. These savings measures will be ongoing.