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Repeat prescriptions are generally given for periods of between one and three months, sometimes longer (see 'Batch Prescribing' below).
Repeat prescriptions should balance patient convenience with clinical appropriateness, cost-effectiveness and patient safety. For example, where a patient's condition is stable, it may be appropriate to issue prescriptions for longer periods, and this would be discussed and agreed with the Doctor.
Requesting Your Repeat
You can request your medication in the following ways
Prescriptions take 2 Working Days to Process
Prescriptions will only be available for collection after two working days (48 hours). This time reflects the amount of care we need to take in order to produce your prescription safely; therefore please order your medication in plenty of time. If you would like us to post your prescription to you, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Batch Prescribing prescriptions
Batch prescribing is a system where patient prescriptions can be produced for scheduled collection over a six month period. The six months of prescriptions are sent to an agreed nominated pharmacy where the patient is given a 'collection slip' which must be presented to the pharmacy each time further supplies of medications are due.
If you, or someone you care for, uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from Batch prescribing. This scheme means you won’t have to visit the surgery or make an appointment every time you need more medication.
Each time you visit the pharmacy, they will check that the medicines are still needed and are being used appropriately. It is also an opportunity to make better use of pharmacists' skills by helping patients get the most out of their medicines.
If you would like more information about this service, please contact us or alternatively book an appointment with a doctor.
Hampton Wick Surgery offers the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), so if you have a preferred pharmacy (known as a 'nomination') for all your prescriptions to be sent to, we can arrange this for you.
If you would like to take advantage of this service and have not yet completed a nomination form, please print off this document and hand the completed form to your preferred pharmacy.
Click here if you would like more information on the Electronic Prescription Service. A full list of pharmacies offering the service can be found on the NHS Choices Website.
PLEASE NOTE: This service does not affect the way that you order / request prescriptions.
Benefits of EPS
What if I do not wish to use this Service?
If you do not wish to use this service despite the benefits, that is fine and you will not need to do anything. You will continue to get paper prescriptions as you do now.
Alternatively, if you prefer paper to electronic prescriptions, we can arrange for one of our local pharmacies to collect your prescription from the surgery. All of the local pharmacies listed below collect prescriptions from us on a regular basis. If you would like to use this service, let us know which pharmacy is your preferred destination and we will ensure your prescription is added to that pharmacy's collection box. You can also ask for your registered local pharmacy to request the medication on your behalf and they will collect prescriptions from us.
The pharmacies who collect prescriptions from us are:
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
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