View the cost of prescriptions on the NHS website.
You can also find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions.
If you forget to request a repeat prescription
If you forget to obtain a prescription for repeat medication and thus run out of important medicines, you may be able to get help from your pharmacy. Under the Urgent Provision of Repeat Medication Service, pharmacists may be able to supply you with a further cycle of a previously repeated medicine, without having to get a prescription from your GP.
If you have run out of important medication, telephone your usual pharmacy to check that they offer this service; if they don’t, they may either direct you to another pharmacy who does provide it, or ask you to phone 111 where you can request details of a local pharmacy that provides the service.
You must then take with you to the relevant pharmacy, proof of both your identification and of your medication (for example, your repeat prescription list or the empty box which should have your details printed on it). Please note that controlled drugs and antibiotics are not provided through this service, you will need to ring 111 for these.
If you receive stoma products from your pharmacy or other supplier and/or receive items such as continence products, please ensure you have sufficient supplies as you may encounter difficulties in obtaining these over bank holidays, or when the surgery is closed.
Further information about out-of-hours medicines can be found on the NHS: Out of Hours Medicines page.
If you need help with NHS costs or need to find out if you can get free prescriptions please visit the site below for further information.
How to order in person
You can order in person by returning the right-hand half of a previous prescription for the required medications, or by submitting a handwritten request. You can hand it in to the Patient Services Team or post it in our request box.
You can post your prescription slip or written request to us at the practice. You must include a stamped addressed envelope for return by post if you will not be able to pick up your prescription from the surgery (please allow extra time for any possible delays with the postal service).
In order to prevent mistakes we do not accept verbal or phone requests.
Repeat Contraception Requests
If you are taking the combined contraceptive you will need to provide us with the usual up-to-date blood pressure reading and also complete our Contraceptive Pill Review form.
The doctors at the practice regularly review the medication you are taking. This may involve changes to your tablets and is in accordance with current health authority policies. Please be reassured that this will not affect your treatment. We may sometimes call you in for a medication review and this may involve blood tests. It is very important that you attend these appointments, as it keeps you safe whilst taking medication.
Non-repeat items (acute requests)
Non-repeat prescriptions, known as ‘acute’ prescriptions are medicines that have been issued by the doctor but not added to your repeat prescription records. This is normally a new medication issued for a trial period, and may require a review visit with your doctor prior to the medication being added onto your repeat prescription records.
Some medications are recorded as acute as they require to be closely monitored by the doctor. If this is the case with your medicine, you may not always be issued with a repeat prescription until you have consulted with your doctor again.
When you are discharged from Hospital you should normally receive five days supply of medication.
On receipt of your medication requirements, which will be issued to you by the hospital, please visit the surgery to provide them with this information, or post the details via S.A.E, before your supply of medication has run out.
Hospital requests for change of medication will be checked by the GP first, and if necessary your doctor will provide you with a prescription. The practice will endeavour to have this available by 16:00 on the same day, however your prescription cannot be issued until your medical details are checked by the doctor; therefore on occasion, you may be advised to collect it the following day.
New Medicine Service (NMS)
The first time you are prescribed a medicine to treat a long-term condition, you may be able to get extra help and advice about your medicine from your local pharmacist through a free scheme called the New Medicine Service (NMS).
If you get regular prescriptions, the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.
EPS makes it possible for your prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.
Choosing a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to process your EPS prescription is called nomination.
This means you’ll no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice – instead, you can go straight to the nominated pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to pick up your medicines or medical appliances.
If there are any medications you no longer use, please advise the patient services team who will arrange to have them removed from your repeat medications.