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Please allow at least 72 hours (not including weekends or bank holidays) for your repeat prescriptions to be processed. Please help us by not waiting to your last tablet to request a repeat. All requests must be made in writing.
Prescription requests can be made using the tick slip attached to your paper prescription, in writing either by post or handed to reception or online via the link at the top of this page.
We do not accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions in order to avoid errors that occur with this means of communication.
If you enclose a stamped addressed envelope we will post the prescription to you. You can also request your prescription to be forwarded to a nominated chemist (to conform to the Data Protection Act we will need this request in writing).
If you are currently stable on 4 or less repeat medications Repeat Dispensing may be for you. Pick up a leaflet from Reception or speak to the Prescription Clerk for more information.
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.
The Electronic Prescribing Service gives you the chance to have your prescriptions sent electronically to your chosen chemist. Please note that some medications such as controlled drugs are not able to be sent electronically at the moment.
You will need to nominate a chemist in order for your prescription to be sent electronically. You can ask any chemist that offers Electronic Prescribing to set up your nomination, or we can add your nomination here for you at the surgery. You don’t need a computer to do this. Please let the prescription clerk or reception team know your chosen nominated chemist, and we can add this to your records.
Can I change my nominated chemist? Yes you can. Just inform your chosen chemist or the surgery before your next prescription is due. If you change your nominated for a one off, for example to a holiday destination, please remember to change it back before your next prescription is due.
Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential? Yes it is. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in the GP surgery, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.
WASTED medication is costing NHS NORTH EAST ESSEX £5 million a year. Locally this could help pay for:
In a bid to save money to pay for other vital services, GPs and pharmacies are working together with NHS North East Essex in a major campaign to tackle the problem.
One of the main concerns is medicines on repeat prescriptions, which are ordered and collected by
patients but are NOT needed because they have enough of the same medication already or have stopped using the drugs. These unwanted medicines are the target of this campaign which will help NHS North East Essex to save money and improve healthcare.
People with repeat prescriptions should only order what they need. Once medicines have been prescribed they cannot be recycled and have to be thrown away, whether they’ve been opened or not. Patients are also being encouraged to have a free regular medicine use review with their pharmacist or doctor to discuss any issues they may have with their medication.
Another focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of having unused medicines lying around at home. This may be a significant danger, particularly if there are young children present.
Unused medication in the home may also mean that the patient is not getting the benefit they could be from their treatment. If you have unused medication at home, please take it to your local pharmacy for safe disposal and have a chat with the pharmacist or your doctor about your medication and how it can benefit you by taking it appropriately.
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.
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.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
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