Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Read general information such as:
If you have registered with Patient Access, then please go to http://patientaccess.com/
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.
Due to The Covid-19 Situation we ask that you order responsibly
Please do not order extra medication or request early prescriptions. Attempts to stockpile may put a strain on the supply chain and make any potential shortages worse during the coming months. We will continue to process all requests for medication in the usual way.
If you want to avoid coming in to the surgery, you can collect your medicines without having to hand in a paper prescription
1. Order your prescriptions electronically using Patient Access if you are already registered for this service http://patientaccess.com/
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.
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.
Sometimes the doctor may request to see you before issuing a repeat prescription.
If requested before 10:30am on
Prescription will be ready for collection after 2:00pm at the surgery on
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.
From 1 April 2019, the charges are:
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.
NHS Pre-payment Telephone advice and order line 0300 330 1341
General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Click on the following links for information about certain medicines on repeat prescription
Information about Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Information about ranitidine
Information about salbutamol (Ventolin) inhalers
Information about changes to brands of medicines prescribed
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:
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
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.
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