Order a Repeat Prescription

NHS App

Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet — including prescriptions and appointments.

NHS App displayed on mobile phone

It is easier and quicker to manage request repeat prescriptions via our online service. Simply log in and select an option.

Please allow up to 4 working days when ordering Repeat Prescriptions – and do ensure that you have enough medication when going on holiday or over Bank Holidays etc.

Please note we are not able to Fax Prescriptions.

Not registered for Patient Access?

To request medication without the requirement to log on to Patient Access, you can request your Repeat medication by selecting the “Repeat Prescription Request” button

Your Repeat Medication

If you need regular medication and your doctor does not need to see you every time, you will be issued with ‘repeat prescription’. When you collect a prescription you will see that it is perforated down the centre. The left-hand side is the actual prescription.The right-hand side (re-order slip) shows a list of medicines that you can request without booking an appointment to see a doctor. Please tear off this section (and keep it) before handing the prescription to the chemist for dispensing.

Dispensing Medicines

We are a dispensing practice. For those patients living outside a 1 mile radius of a chemist as the crow flies, our trained staff in both surgeries will dispense any drugs and medicines prescribed for you after your consultation. To find out if you are within our Practice Area please see our register with the practice page. 

Help with your Prescription

COVID 19 – prescription re-ordering

Please note that the NHS direction is that we are to continue to prescribe for the standard monthly dosage. Whilst we appreciate that patients may wish to hold 2 or even 3 months’ worth of medication, this would create artificial shortages and we are remaining with the current policy of up to a month’s worth of medication.

We are unable to accept new requests for home deliveries from patients who were not in receipt of home-deliveries before the crisis. If you are unable to collect your prescription then please make arrangements with friends, family or the local support groups to collect on your behalf.

If you forget to request a Repeat Prescription

If you forget to obtain a prescription for repeat medication and thus run out of important medicines, you may be able to get help from your Pharmacy. Under the Urgent Provision of Repeat Medication Service, Pharmacists may be able to supply you with a further cycle of a previously repeated medicine, without having to get a prescription from your GP. 

If you have run out of important medication, telephone your usual Pharmacy to check that they offer this service; if they don’t, they may either direct you to another Pharmacy who does provide it, or ask you to phone 111 where you can request details of a local Pharmacy that provides the service.

You must then take with you to the relevant Pharmacy, proof of both your identification and of your medication (for example, your repeat prescription list or the empty box which should have your details printed on it). Please note that controlled drugs and antibiotics are not provided through this service, you will need to ring 111 for these.

If you receive stoma products from your Pharmacy or other supplier and/or receive items such as continence products, please ensure you have sufficient supplies as you may encounter difficulties in obtaining these over Bank Holidays, or when the Surgery is closed.

Help with NHS Costs

If you need help with NHS costs or need to find out if you can get free prescriptions please click the button below for further information.

How to order your medication

By post

You can post your prescription slip or written request to us at the Practice. You must include a stamped addressed envelope for return by post if you will not be able to pick up your prescription from the Surgery (please allow extra time for any possible delays with the postal service).

Email

Order using our prescription email address – somccg.pmp.prescriptions@nhs.net

In person

Place your Repeat ordering slip into the Prescription box  located on the wall by the Dispensary at each branch. 

Repeat Dispensing Service

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), GPs and pharmacies are moving suitable patients to electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). You might be suitable for eRD if you get regular or repeat medicines that don’t change. eRD means your GP can send your regular or repeat prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy of your choice. You can then collect your medication from your pharmacy, or ask them to deliver it to your home. 

What eRD means for you

eRD allows your GP to send a series of repeat prescriptions to your pharmacy in one go, so there’s no need for you to order them each time. It’s reliable, secure and confidential. Your regular prescriptions are stored securely on the NHS database, so they’ll be ready at the pharmacy each time you need them.

How eRD can benefit you

If you get regular or repeat medicines, you might be suitable for eRD. Using eRD, you can: 

  • save time by avoiding unnecessary trips or calls to your GP every time you need to order a repeat prescription
  • order or cancel your repeat prescriptions online (if your GP practice offers this service)
  • pick up your repeat prescriptions directly from your pharmacy without having to visit your GP
  • spend less time waiting for your prescription in the pharmacy or GP practice, which means you can stay at home and avoid face-to-face contact when you need your repeat prescription during the coronavirus pandemic
  • save paper – you won’t need a paper prescription to collect your medicine from the pharmacy

How do I sign up for eRD?

It’s really easy to sign up for eRD – just ask your GP or pharmacist to set it up for you.

Telephone

We do not accept requests for repeat prescriptions by telephone. This prevents dangerous errors being made and leaves the telephone lines free for urgent matters. However, on very rare occasions when you can not use any of the other methods mentioned above to request your repeat medications, please call our reception team on 01278 722077 between 14:00 and 16:00.

Collection Medication

Table for collecting your Medication
Ordering Day for Repeat PrescriptionDay Repeat Prescription Ready to Collect
MondayThursday afternoon
TuesdayFriday afternoon
WednesdayMonday afternoon
ThursdayTuesday afternoon
FridayWednesday afternoon

Please note that on Saturday medications can only be collected from Woolavington. If Edington is your usual collection point and you wish to collect on a Saturday then please contact the surgery and tell us beforehand so that we can transfer you medication over to Woolavington in time for you to collect.

Dispensary Opening Times

Monday to Friday     08:30am to 6.30pm

Saturday                  0900 -1200 hours – Woolavington only.

Additional information

Hospital and Community Requests

When you are discharged from Hospital you should normally receive seven days supply of medication.

On receipt of your discharge medication, which will be issued to you by the Hospital, please contact the Surgery to provide them with this information before your supply of medication has run out.

Hospital requests for change of medication will be checked by a prescribing clinician first, and if necessary a prescribing clinician will provide you with a prescription on request. 

Medication reviews

The Doctors at the Practice regularly review the medication you are taking. This may involve changes to your tablets and is in accordance with current Health Authority policies. Please be reassured that this will not affect your treatment. We may sometimes call you in for a medication review and this may involve blood tests. It is very important that you attend these appointments, as it keeps you safe whilst taking medication.

Non-repeat items (acute requests)

Non-repeat prescriptions, known as ‘acute’ prescriptions are medicines that have been issued by the Doctor but not added to your repeat prescription records. This is normally a new medication issued for a trial period, and may require a review visit with your Doctor prior to the medication being added onto your repeat prescription records.

Some medications are recorded as acute as they require to be closely monitored by the Doctor. Examples include many anti-depressants, drugs of potential abuse or where the prescribing is subject to legal or clinical restrictions or special criteria. If this is the case with your medicine, you may not always be issued with a repeat prescription until you have consulted with your Doctor again.

Over the Counter Medicines

A GP, nurse or pharmacist will generally not give you a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions.