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If you are taking regular medication you will have been given a computerised repeat prescription slip/token to order further supplies of medication. Please either post this slip to us (with an SAE) or place it in the repeat prescription box at Reception, the best method is to use the online service available on our website.
Oral contraceptive and HRT medications require you to see the nurse for a check-up so we are unable to issue these as a repeat.
Requests by telephone cannot be accepted unless under exceptional circumstances.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review regular medications, when notified please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow 48 hrs for your prescription to be processed.
To use the online service you will first need to register with the practice via reception, we require some form of ID (passport or other photo card).
From 10 March 2020 most prescriptions will be signed, sent and processed electronically.
You have 2 choices for how this works.
You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper token that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper token will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.
Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.
[EPS] electronic prescribing please go to the website for further details www.nhs.uk/eps
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.
From 1 April 2019, the charges are:
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. The charge for a single prescription item is £9.35, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £30.25 and a 12 month PPC £108.10.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
This information is also available on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk or alternatively, please phone the NHS 111 Service for details of pharmacy services available in your area. Please check NHS Choices for any pharmacies closing early.
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. We ask that you request only items that are to be found on your repeat slip which have been prescribed by your doctor. Oral contraceptive pills and HRT medication can only be obtained by seeing the nurse or doctor in surgery.
The RCGP estimates that there are over 50 million consultations each year in General Practice for minor ailments. This could be as many 56,000 consultations. It is estimated that 90% of these consultations result in a prescription and that 80% of these medications are available over the counter without a prescription. They also report that 70% of minor ailments do not actually require medical action or intervention.
The CCG has tasked us to encourage patients to self-care and purchase over the counter medicines in accordance with CCG policies. Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
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We have also given you some advice below as recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society:
Painkillers like aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches and pains, such as headaches and period pain.
These medicines also help with some minor ailments, such as the common cold, by reducing aches, pain and high temperatures.
Paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen also help reduce the inflammation seen in arthritis and sprains.
Bear in mind:
These are useful for dealing with allergies and insect bites. They're also helpful if you have hay fever.
Antihistamines can come in the form of creams you apply to the skin (topical antihistamine) or tablets you swallow (oral antihistamine).
Antihistamine creams soothe insect stings and bites, and rashes and itching from stinging nettles.
Antihistamine tablets help control hay fever symptoms and calm minor allergic reactions to food. They can also help calm itchiness during chickenpox.
Some antihistamines may cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about this as there are some antihistamines that don't cause drowsiness.
Oral rehydration salts
Fever, diarrhoea and vomiting make us lose water and essential minerals, and can lead to dehydration.
Oral rehydration salts, available at pharmacies, are an easy way to help restore your body's natural balance of minerals and fluid, and help your recovery.
But they don't fight the cause of your illness, such as a virus or bacteria.
Diarrhoea is caused by a range of things, such as food poisoning or a stomach virus, and can happen without warning. It's a good idea to keep an anti-diarrhoea medicine at home.
Anti-diarrhoea remedies can quickly control the symptoms of diarrhoea, although they don't deal with the underlying cause.
The most common anti-diarrhoeal is loperamide, sold under the names Imodium, Arret and Diasorb, among others. It works by slowing down the action of your gut.
Don't give anti-diarrhoea medicines to children under 12 as they may have undesirable side effects. Speak to your GP or pharmacist for advice about a child with these symptoms.
If you have stomach ache or heartburn, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief.
Antacids come as chewable tablets, tablets that dissolve in water, or in liquid form.
Keep a sun lotion of at least factor 15. Even fairly brief exposure to the sun can cause sunburn and increase your risk of skin cancer. Ensure your suncreen provides UVA protection.
You can protect yourself against the sun further by wearing a hat and sunglasses, and by avoiding the sun during the hottest part of the day between 11am and 3pm.
Your first aid kit
A well-prepared first aid kit can help treat minor cuts, sprains and bruises, and reduce the risk of cuts becoming infected.
It should contain the following items:
When keeping medicines at home, remember:
If you have questions about any medicines or you want to buy them, ask your local pharmacist.
How your pharmacist can help you
Don't forget your local pharmacist can help with many ailments, such as coughs, colds, asthma, eczema, hay fever, and period pain.
They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that can help clear up the problem.
Instead of booking an appointment with your GP, you can see your local pharmacist any time – just walk in.