Ordering Your Repeat Prescription
To order your repeat prescription you can:
- Order online.
- Contact the practice.
- Complete a request slip and post or deliver it to the surgery.
Please note you can only order medications which are listed. You cannot use the online services to ask for medication not on the list.
Collecting Your Repeat Prescription
Requests that we receive before 11:00 will be ready for collection 2 working days later, but if you request your prescription to be sent to a pharmacy outside the immediate area, it will take longer. If you are collecting your prescription from the surgery, please avoid 13:00 to 14.30.
In House Pharmacy
Our in house pharmacy is open from Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 13.00 / 14.30 – 18.00
If you live more than one mile from a chemist’s shop, we can also dispense medicines to you. If you wish to obtain your medicines from us and satisfy this condition, you will need to fill out a form. You will be offered this service when you join the practice or when you move house, providing you are eligible.
View the cost of prescriptions on the NHS website.
You can also find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions.
Changes to the Prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines
NHS England have announced some changes with regard to NHS prescribing of a range of medicines, vitamins and minerals that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. This follows a National consultation and subsequent NHS England Guidance that recommends over the counter medicines associated with a number of minor, short term conditions, which are either self-limiting or can be self-treated by the individual, should no longer be routinely prescribed by GP Surgeries but purchased by the patient.
With effect from this date, your GP will no longer be able to issue prescription medication for the following conditions:
- Acne – Mild
- Athlete’s Foot
- Burns or Scalds – Minor
- Cold Sores (No Acyclovir)
- Constipation (infrequent) – Adult
- Coughs & Colds
- Cradle Cap
- Cystitis – Mild
- Dermatitis – Mild
- Ear Wax
- Eyes (dry or tired)
- Haemorrhoids (Piles)
- Hay Fever (mild/moderate)
- Head Lice
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Indigestion & Heartburn
- Insect Bites
- Mouth Ulcers
- Nappy Rash
- Pain associated with Minor Conditions (aches and sprains, headache, back or period pain)
- Skin – (mild dryness)
- Sore throat (lozenges or sprays)
- Sun Protection
- Thrush – Oral
- Toothache/Teething Toothpaste (high fluoride)
- Travel Sickness
This change applies to medicines for the above conditions, together with a range of vitamins and minerals, unless there is a medical deficiency. A full list of the conditions and the current NHS England guidance can be found at www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/otc.
There are exceptions, which include:
- Patients who are prescribed an over the counter medicine for a long term or more complex condition, or
- Where a Clinician considers that a patient’s well-being could be affected due to health, mental health or significant social vulnerability.
A full list of exceptions can be found using the link above, or can be collected from reception at the surgery.
The CCG estimate that the annual prescribing cost for these medicines in Gloucestershire alone is around £2 Million, and this money could be put to better use to support vital healthcare in the county.
If you feel you need medicines for any of the above conditions, your first point of contact should be your local pharmacy, who will be happy to advise you on appropriate treatment as required.
We appreciate this may cause some inconvenience to patients, but this is a National initiative which affects all GP Surgeries and as a Practice we are duty-bound to follow the guidance issued by NHS England.