Repeat Prescriptions

Please allow two working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.

For patients on long-term medication, repeat prescriptions can be ordered in the following ways:

  • registration form.
  • In person – drop your repeat slip in at reception having clearly marked the items required. There is a black prescription box on the wall to the right of the reception desk.
  • By post – send it to us with a stamped addressed envelope if you want us to post it back to you.

We are now taking prescription requests over the phone.

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications, and notification should appear on your repeat slip.

Prescription Fees

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.

View the cost of prescriptions on the NHS website.

You can also find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions.

Electronic Prescription Service

A new system has been created to make it easier for you to pick up your repeat prescription. It is called the Electronic Prescription Service, or EPS for short. It is now available at College Road Surgery.

The Electronic Prescription Service is an NHS service that sends your prescription from your GP surgery to a Pharmacy without the need for a paper copy.

Nominate a pharmacy of your choice and this pharmacy will receive your prescription directly from your GP, via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).

With EPS you will not have to visit your practice to pick up your paper prescription anymore.

You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because you can choose a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.

EPS is reliable, secure and confidential.

Your electronic prescription will only be seen by the same people in GP practices and pharmacies who see your paper prescription now.

If you would like to register for the Electronic Prescription Service, please complete the registration form.

Reducing Medicines Waste

In order to reduce medicines waste and improve safety, we are asking patients to take these simple steps when ordering repeat medicines:

  • Check which medicines you still have at home before re-ordering – only order what you need. You and/or your carer are the best people to know which medicines you need each time.
  • Some medicines may not need to be re-ordered every time if you don’t take/use them every day or you already have enough.
  • If you do not order a medicine because you have enough at home, you can still request it in the future; it will not be removed from your repeat medicines list.
  • Let your GP or pharmacist know if you have stopped taking, or have concerns about any of your medicines. Regular discussions about your medicines will mean you get the right help with taking them.
  • Unused medicines kept at home are a safety risk to children and to others.
  • Unwanted medicines cannot be recycled or used by anyone else in the UK or overseas, even if the medicines are unopened. Return out-of-date and unwanted medicines to a local pharmacy, where they will be disposed of safely.
  • NEVER dispose of your unwanted medicines by putting them in the bin. NEVER flush them down the sink or toilet.

If everyone makes small changes then together we can make a big difference in reducing medicines waste and looking after our NHS.