Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

If you want to avoid coming in to the surgery, you can collect your medicines without having to hand in a paper prescription:

  1. If you are already registered order your prescriptions electronically using Patient Access via the link at the top of this page. To register to use the online system you will need to attend the surgery in person with photographic ID (such as photo driving licence or valid passport. Bus passes are NOT an acceptable proof of ID). The receptionist will then issue your individual registration details to allow you to set up an account.
  2. Please ask your pharmacy to set you up for Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). Ask your pharmacy to order your prescription and we can send it electronically to the pharmacy you have chosen (see below).

We ask for 48 hours notice so that the prescription can be prepared, checked and signed by the doctor. If needed at St Peters please allow 72 hours.This does not include weekends and Bank Holidays.

Collection Times

If requested before 10:30 on

Prescription ready for collection after 14:00 on

Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Thursday

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Friday

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Monday

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Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

Over The Counter Medicines

Prescribing of over the counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription).

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

The NHS spends around £136million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket. By reducing the amount it spends on these medicines the NHS can give priority for people with more serious conditions such as cancer, mental health problems and heart disease.

Please help the NHS to use resources sensibly.

Taking Your Medicines Abroad

If you are going abroad don’t forget to order your prescription in good time before you go away. We ask for 48 hours notice so that the prescription can be prepared, checked and signed by the doctor. If needed at St Peter’s please allow 72 hours. This does not include weekends and Bank Holidays.

Can I take my medicine abroad?

Check the rules for all the countries you're going to, including countries that you're just passing through.

Different countries have different rules and regulations about:

  • the types of medicine they allow to be taken into the country
  • the maximum quantity you can take in

Some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be controlled in other countries and vice versa. Countries such as India, Pakistan and Turkey have a list of medicines they won't allow into the country. International rules vary – contact the embassy for the country you're visiting. The GOV.UK website has a full list of foreign embassies in the UK.

Travelling with your medicines

  • Always carry medicines & medical equipment (needles, syringes, etc) in their original correctly labelled packaging
  • Carry your medication in your hand luggage (check you airline's regulations before travelling) with a copy of your prescription.
  • Pack a spare supply of medication in your suitcase or hold luggage (along with another copy of your prescription) in case you lose your hand luggage.
  • Check that the expiry dates of your medicines will be valid for the duration of your visit abroad.
  • Some medicines need to be kept at room temperature (below 25C) or stored in the fridge.
  • If you're travelling to a warm country, get advice from your pharmacist about storing your medicine.

How long will you be away?

NHS prescriptions must never be obtained by relatives or friends on behalf of patients who are currently abroad. Patients are responsible for ensuring that any drugs they take into a country conform to local laws.

The NHS accepts responsibility for supplying on-going medication for temporary periods abroad of up to three months. For patients who will be out of the country for less than three months, it is reasonable to provide sufficient medicines for an existing condition. Patients leaving the UK for more than three months are advised to register with a local doctor for their continuing medical needs. We will provide sufficient medication to give patients time to do this.