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If you or someone you care for uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from electronic repeat prescriptions. This means you won't have to re-order or collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice every time you need more medicine.
Talk to your GP or the person who prescribes your medicines and ask them if you can use electronic repeat prescriptions. Your prescriber will usually be your doctor or practice nurse.
If your prescriber thinks that you could use electronic repeat prescriptions for your regular medicines, they will ask you for permission to share information about your treatment with your pharmacist. This will help your pharmacist to give your prescriber feedback about your treatment and provide you with useful advice.
Your GP or prescriber will then authorise a number of electronic repeat prescriptions. This will be based on your circumstances and clinical need. These electronic repeat prescriptions will then be supplied to you by your pharmacy at regular intervals.
Collect your first electronic repeat prescription from your pharmacy.
When you need more medicines, go back to your pharmacy. Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your pharmacy will ask:
If you don't need all of the medicines on your prescription, let the pharmacy staff know, so that they only supply the medicines you need. This will help to reduce waste and save the NHS money.
When your pharmacy supplies your final electronic repeat prescription in the series that your GP has authorised, they will advise you to contact your GP practice. Your doctor or practice nurse may want to see you to review your medication before they will authorise more electronic repeat prescriptions.
You may order repeat prescriptions by ticking the appropriate box on the reorder form attached to the back of you script and handing it in at reception or through the surgery post box. Alternatively you may post your request with a stamped addressed envelope. The new prescription charges are now £9.15.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see either a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications.
Please allow two full working days between requesting and collecting your medication.
Changes to repeat prescriptions from your GP practice. From 1st November 2016 pharmacies and dispensing companies will be phasing in a new system which means that soon they will no longer be able to order medicines on your behalf. You will need to order your repeat prescription directly from your GP surgery.
There are different ways to order including:
online on your computer or by downloading the SystmOnline app on your mobile phone or tablet device.
Handing in the white, tear-off part of your repeat prescription to the surgery.
Letter to your surgery.
The surgery can accept a telephone order for prescriptions for vulnerable and elderly patients only.
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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
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.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
Overuse of Blue Inhaler in Asthma
Your blue inhaler is an essential emergency treatment if you are having an asthma attack BUT using a blue ‘reliever’ inhaler more than three times a week is a sure sign that your asthma is out of control. Overuse can increase your risk of dying from the
While deaths from asthma attacks are still relatively rare, they do occur. Most asthmatics are prescribed two types of inhaler - one designed to relieve the wheezing symptoms, and another to control the condition and reduce the frequency of attacks or prevent them entirely.
Research suggests it is possible to spot asthma patients at greatest risk of dying simply by checking how many ‘reliever’ inhalers they are getting through.
We are here to help you get your asthma under better control and stop you getting daily symptoms of shortness of breath, wheeze and/or chest tightness.
We will NEVER not issue a blue ‘reliever’ if you have run out. You may, though, have to speak to a GP before we re-issue it. We will then arrange an appointment for you with one of our doctors or nurses to help you get your asthma better under control.
There are a lot of things we can do. Our aim is to get you using one or two blue ‘reliever’ inhalers a year BUT to ensure that you always have a blue inhaler available
to hand in case of an asthma attack.
We are not trying to be difficult. We are doing this because we know that uncontrolled asthma is a serious issue and one we can help you with. We can get rid of your usual symptoms and help you get back to living your life without being short of breath, feeling tight chested or wheezing.