We can now send your prescriptions electronically to a nominated pharmacy of your choice. This gives you the opportunity to decide how you receive your prescription. You may choose a local pharmacy or perhaps a pharmacy close to where you work, if this is more convenient. You can nominate a pharmacy either by asking them directly or you can ask our dispensing staff to add your nomination for you.
What this means is that your repeat prescriptions are ordered exactly as they are now but, instead of returning to the Surgery to collect your prescription, you will go directly to the pharmacy you have nominated where the prescription will have been sent by us electronically for them to dispense your medication. When you collect your medication from the pharmacy ask them to print a paper counterfoil of your repeats if this is how you order from the surgery (you will not need this if you order via the website). Two working days for processing repeat prescriptions will still apply.
Dispensing patients will continue to collect their medication from our dispensary here at the Surgery.
In line with a Directive from the Medicines Management Team at NHS England, the majority of repeat prescriptions will be for a maximum of two months’ supply. This will reduce the amount of medicine that is currently wasted when prescriptions are stopped or changed.
The vast majority of patients do not pay prescription charges. However, if you 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 Pre-Payment Certificate (PPC). The Telephone Advice and Order Line for this is 0300 330 1341 or online www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk