Prescriptions

Ordering Prescriptions online using SystmOne

Those people who have online access on SystmOne can order prescritions above online. This is not the same as ordering through the NHS App. If you do not have online access, please see below. 

Repeat Prescriptions

For clinical governance reasons we are not able to accept repeat prescription requests over the phone at any of our medical centres.

These may be obtained by:

  • Taking your re-order form into the surgery
  • Sending it by post (please provide SAE if you need the signed prescription returning)
  • Taking it to your local chemist
  • Ordering on-line using your own on-line password via the link at the top of this page
  • Through the NHS App (available for IOS & Android)
  • By sending in an email request on:

For all routine requests your prescription will be processed and sent to your nominated pharmacy within 5 working days. The medications will then need to be ordered and supplied. Please check with your own pharmacy what the normal supply time will be, as times may vary. Many pharmacies offer a text messaging service to let you know when your medications are ready to collect.

If you need an urgent prescription please note that we are unable to provide this instantly, and will need you to collect after 5pm on that day, unless previously agreed with a clinician. If your urgent prescription is sent to a pharmacy for you to collect, please remember your medication will have to be made up and you will have to wait for this to be done.

Please indicate your preferred pharmacy for collection when making the request. Prescriptions can be collected from the reception desk if preferred.

 

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Dispensing

Hatherleigh Medical Centre has its own on-site dispensary for patients. Please note that the surgery closes between 13:00 – 14:00 every day. Deliveries and prescriptions made to and collected from Shebbear Shop will be discontinuing on 8th July 2023. 

Holsworthy Medical Centre has an on-site pharmacy run by Boots where patients can have their prescription dispensed. There is also Jhoots (previously Lloyds) pharmacy in the town square and a branch of Boots in Bude who collect signed prescriptions from the Medical Centre daily. Please note that from November 2023, Jhoots Pharmacy in Holsworthy will not be open on a Saturday.

Stratton Medical Centre has an on-site pharmacy run by Avicenna (01288 355165), with patients having full access to Lloyds, Dudley Taylor, Belle Vue and Boots pharmacies in Bude. 

Avicenna Pharmacy opening times at the Stratton site are:

  • 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:30 (Monday to Friday)

Boots opening times at the Holsworthy site are:

  • 08:00 – 18:00 (Monday - Friday) 

All our practices have access to and use the services of Prescribing Clinical Solutions, providing expert support to our practices throughout the week. 

NHS App

NHS APP

Ordering your medication through NHS App is easy, convenient and safe. To find out more about the App and how to use it click HERE

For a step-by-step downloadable guide click HERE

 

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Electronic Repeat Dispensing

Some patients who use certain medications may be able to benefit from the Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service. This means that patients do not have to re-order prescriptions for regular medicines every time they are needed (usually monthly), and your GP can re-authorise 6 months of medication at a time. For more information go to:

REPEAT DISPENSING: What's it all about?

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

From 1 April 2023, women prescribed HRT - the main treatment for menopause symptoms - will have access to a new scheme enabling access to a year’s worth of menopause prescription items for the cost of 2 single prescription charges (currently £18.70). For full information click HERE

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge. From 1st April 2023 they are:

  • Prescription (per item): £9.65
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £111.60 
  • 3-month PPC: £31.25 
  • NEW 12-month HRT PPC: £19.30 

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 HERE

FEAR OF FLYING MEDICATION

Please be aware that we are no longer able to prescribe short-term supplies of Benzodiazepam medication (Diazepam/ Lorazepam/Temazepam/Alprazolam/ Clonazepam) for fear of flying, or to assist with sleep during flights. 

For full information and guidance click HERE

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CLINICAL PRESCRIBING SERVICE

To add to the existing work of the Pharmacy and Prescription teams in our practices, we will now be using a new Clinical Prescribing Service.

A team of Clinical Pharmacists will be contacting patients to offer:

·       medication reviews and medication queries

·       statin initiation for patients with high cholesterol

·       help with medication additions or changes, made as a result of a hospital admission or requested by a consultant.

·       repeat prescription requests

·       acute (one-off) prescription requests

On occasion you may receive a call at the weekend. The Pharmacist will introduce themselves and let you know who they are and that they are working for our practices. They will also ask if you are happy to agree to a review by phone.

As these are not appointments booked by you, we want you to be aware that these are Pharmacists working as part of our extended team and are genuine callers.

We hope this will be of help to our patients.