Swanswell Medical Centre Tel: 0121 706 5676

Repeat Prescription

Leave repeat slips in the box on the wall in reception or when closed, the post-box on the gate.

Do not run out of medication before requesting a repeat prescription and allow 48 hours for processing.

For postal requests, please enclose a S.A.E.

Please do not telephone for repeat prescriptions, unless advised by your doctor or you are housebound. All patients on repeat prescriptions must have a medication review, at least every 12 months, by their doctor.

Do not stop any medication without your doctor’s advice. Please do not stockpile or waste medicines.

To order on-line, please click here

If you have a preference to collect from a particular pharmacy, either complete the section below or contact the practice and inform reception.

Hospital Prescriptions

Please note: If you have been given a prescription at hospital, you must collect it from the hospital pharmacy while you are there.  Your GP will not be able to issue these items for you.

Urgent Requests

We require patients to give 48 hours notice for repeat prescriptions but, in exceptional circumstances, urgent requests can be dealt with the same day. 

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.  For up-to-date information visit the webpage: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx

Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Please ask at Reception for online access so that you may order your repeat medication at any time from your computer or mobile device.

How Repeat Dispensing works:

The doctor will issue (usually) one year’s worth of medication to the pharmacy.

You collect your first prescription from your nominated pharmacy, as usual.

Contact your pharmacy 2 days before your next prescription is due, to give them time to prepare it for you. You do not need to contact the GP surgery to request your prescription, and you must not request it online from the GP surgery.

Your pharmacy will advise you when they have given you the last prescription in the course, and they will tell you when you need to re-order your medication from the GP surgery (no more than one week before your next prescription is due).

*Please note that the following medications are not suitable for Repeat Dispensing, and if you do have any of these items on prescription, you must continue to request them in your usual manner: Amiodarone; Azathioprine; Ciclosporin; Hydroxychloroquine; Lithium; Mesalazine; Methotrexate; Mycophenolate; Sulfasalazine; Controlled Drugs, which now include Gabapentin and Pregablin.

If you have any queries, please discuss with your nominated pharmacy.

Prescription costs as of 1st April 2015:

  • The current prescription charge is £9.00
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00 and saves money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months.
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10.  This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.

PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit installment payments.  The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS Website www.nhs.uk

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing.   In line with NHS guidelines, we will no longer issue prescriptions for items that may be purchased over the counter at pharmacies or supermarkets where:

  • Your condition is considered to be self-limiting, and so does not treatment as it will heal or be cured of its own accord.
  • Your condition lends itself to self-care - i.e. you can manage the condition yourself by purchasing OTC medicines, and do not need medical advice.
  • The medicines you are requesting have little evidence of clinical effectiveness - e.g. vitamins and minerals.

Please click here for more information, including a list of conditions for which OTC medicines will not be prescribed.