A ‘repeat prescription’ can be issued when a doctor has authorised prescriptions to be printed via the computer by the reception staff. This means that you do not need to see a doctor for every single prescription. This is only appropriate, however, for the medication that your require on an ongoing basis. Medication for short-term illness (such as antibiotics for a chest infection) is not ordinarily available on repeat prescriptions
Requests for repeat prescriptions can be made in person at the surgery between 8.30am and 6.30pm, and also by post and fax. Prescriptions will be ready for collection the same day if the request is received before 11am and those requested after 11am can be collected the next day. Prescriptions are available to pick up from 2pm onwards. People taking repeat prescription will be asked to see the doctor for a check up from time to time. To avoid errors we do not accept requests over the phone for prescriptions.
We reserve the right to prescribe all medicines according to the best medical evidence currently available. For example, therefore, we do not prescribe antibiotics and cough medicine for flu, common colds and coughs and coughs because there is no cure for these. We will regularly review all repeat medications and medical sick notes rather than simply issuing them routinely, even if this has been the policy of the previous GP.
Electronic Prescription Service
A new way to get your medicines and appliances
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.