It’s important that you take your medication as advised and that if you have any questions, queries or concerns about the drugs that you’re taking, you discuss them with your GP. Drugs are prescribed by the Clinical Team on either a one-off or a repeat basis.
A repeat prescription is a prescription which you and your doctor have agreed previously can be requested using the repeat slip for certain drugs. Your doctor will give you are computer generated slip for these medicines and you will not need to make an appointment with the doctor to obtain a prescription unless the medication needs to be ‘re-authorised’.
Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS)
You can now take advantage of our Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS) which would see your prescriptions being sent directly to a pharmacy or dispensing contractor of your choice without you coming to the Practice.
How to Obtain Repeat Medication
This can be requested in person at reception (where you should leave your tear-off slip), by telephone, by post (enclose a SAE) or by the website (see above). Prescription will be ready 48 hours after ordering. Please collect prescriptions after 11AM.
Requests for urgent prescriptions will be ready to be collected by 17:00 the same day, but please try to request these in person during the morning. We will assess the urgency on a case to case basis.
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.
Structured Medication Reviews (SMR)
SMR is a structured, holistic and personalised review of an individual who is at risk of harm or medicines-related problems because of their current medicine regimen. It is not the act of re-authorising repeat prescriptions.
Over the Counter Medication
Please note that following the CCG guidelines few medication are classified as to buy over the counter and wont be prescribed on the repeat prescription. Please find attached detailed policy on this for Greenfield Medical Practice. OTC and Vitamin D policy.
Prescription 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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.80
- 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 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
- Buy or renew a PPC online
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.