Please note we are unable to accept repeat prescription requests over the telephone
Prescriptions can be ordered in the following ways:
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip.
Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Why Your Doctor May Not Have Prescribed Antibiotics For Your Illness
Antibiotics are one of the greatest innovations of the 20th century, but as we are learning, overuse of antibiotics is now one of the biggest threats facing medicine. Some have called the current overuse of antibiotics the global warming crisis of medicine. Many are still in denial, but the ultimate impact on our health is likely to be enormous. For more information see 'why your doctor may not have prescribed antibiotics'
Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
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.
- Prescription (per item): £8.80
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
- If you will need 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. The charge for a single prescription item is £8.60, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
- PPC telephone advice line 0300 330 1341
- General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Self Care - Why you may be asked to purchase some medicines over the pharmacy counter
“There is a drive from BNSSG CCG for GPs to reduce prescribing of medicines and remedies that readily available to purchase over the counter at a pharmacy. The aim is to reduce the NHS prescription budget at a time of stretched resources. Any savings made to the prescription budget will be reinvested into other patient services and treatments. The cost to the NHS of these items is greater than the cost to the individual. Whiteladies Medical Group have been asked to make prescribing savings of £23,500 in the 2018/2019 financial year. There is a range of ways that we can achieve that target, but one of them is by asking patients to purchase their own over-the-counter medicines to self-care for minor illnesses and ailments. We will also be prescribing in line with the policies set by the BNSSG formulary group. At times you might find that we suggest alternative products for certain conditions. This is particularly pertinent to eczema treatments. See the links for further detail about this scheme.” - Dr Gordon, GP Partner
For further information on these changes and guidance for self care please see the following attachments:
Public Consultation on Self Care and OTCs
NHS Proposals - OTC Leaflet
Guidance on Medicines for Self Care
You can also see the NHS website on preparing your medicine cabinet