Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Many patients take regular medication.  The doctor may not need to see you every time your prescription is due.  There are several ways of ordering your repeat medication:

  • in person
  • at your pharmacy
  • by post 
  • online

Your pharmacy will provide patients with a repeat prescription counterfoil that lists your regular medication.  It is practice policy not to take prescription requests over the telephone as many medications have similar sounding names that can be misheard or misinterpreted over the telephone and this policy is in place to reduce the risk of the wrong medication being dispensed.

If you are using your repeat slip please indicate clearly the medication you require and return the slip to the practice by hand, by post or via a friend.  If you do not have your repeat slip available, a note stating your name and address and the medication that you require will be acceptable.  Please also indicate which chemist you intend to collect your medication from. Alternatively you may wish to collect the prescription slip from the surgery.  The pharmacies in Beer, Colyton,  both Lloyds Pharmacies in Seaton and Tesco in Seaton collect prescriptions from the surgeries and will make up your medication ready for you to collect from them.

If you wish to order your prescription using this website you will first need to register for our online services.  Please call in to reception with some form of photographic identification and we will issue you with a password. 

Collections

We aim to send prescription requests to the pharmacy within 48 hours.  However, we would like to remind patients that if a prescription request is left at the surgery on Friday, it will not be sent to the pharmacy until the following Monday afternoon. 

In the case of a Bank Holiday weekend the prescription will not arrive at the pharmacy until Tuesday afternoon.  We will always do our best to assist any patient without a sufficient supply to carry them over the weekend. 

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

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.00
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

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.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

Wastage

As a practice we have carried out a significant amount of work to reduce the amount of wastage in prescribing.  We generally only prescribe one month’s medication at a time.  This means that if your medication has to be changed for any reason there is not a vast amount left that cannot be used.  Under current regulations the pharmacist is not allowed to take medication back into stock once it has been dispensed, even if it is in an unopened packet.  This makes it even more important that we keep prescribing at a sensible and safe level and only prescribe in monthly quantities.  We would ask that you do not order medication simply because it is on your repeat slip, only order what you need and are currently taking. 

Please help us keep waste to a minimum and contribute towards saving thousands of pounds of NHS money each year.

Always return out of date medicines or medications you are no longer taking to your local pharmacist and they will dispose of them safely.