It is easier and quicker to manage appointments and request repeat prescriptions via our online service. Simply log in and select an option. Please allow 48 hours, (2 full working days) excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Prescriptions will be available for collection after 3pm. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
To register for online services please attend the Practice, with two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic.
Your Repeat Medication
If you need regular medication and your doctor does not need to see you every time, you will be issued with ‘repeat prescription’. When you collect a prescription you will see that it is perforated down the centre. The left-hand side is the actual prescription.The right-hand side (re-order slip) shows a list of medicines that you can request without booking an appointment to see a doctor. Please tear off this section (and keep it) before handing the prescription to the chemist for dispensing.
Run out or just about to run out of medication requests
Unfortunately a small minority of patients are repeatedly running out (or just about to run out) of their medication. ‘Urgent’ requests of this nature cause a great deal of disruption to the smooth running of the practice. Please be aware that such requests will be questioned very carefully by the reception staff and may well be refused by the GP. A record is kept of such requests.
If you forget to request a repeat prescription
If you forget to obtain a prescription for repeat medication and thus run out of important medicines, you may be able to get help from your Pharmacy. Under the Urgent Provision of Repeat Medication Service, Pharmacists may be able to supply you with a further cycle of a previously repeated medicine, without having to get a prescription from your GP.
If you have run out of important medication, telephone your usual Pharmacy to check that they offer this service; if they don’t, they may either direct you to another Pharmacy who does provide it, or ask you to phone 111 where you can request details of a local Pharmacy that provides the service.
You must then take with you to the relevant Pharmacy, proof of both your identification and of your medication (for example, your repeat prescription list or the empty box which should have your details printed on it). Please note that controlled drugs and antibiotics are not provided through this service, you will need to ring 111 for these.
If you receive stoma products from your Pharmacy or other supplier and/or receive items such as continence products, please ensure you have sufficient supplies as you may encounter difficulties in obtaining these over Bank Holidays, or when the Surgery is closed.
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How to order your medication
You can order in person by returning the right-hand half of a previous prescription for the required medications, or by submitting a handwritten request. Patients are asked to use the right-hand half, when re-ordering; this helps us eliminate mistakes.
Please put this repeat prescription request in the box next to the Reception desk.
You can post your prescription slip or written request to us at the Practice. You must include a stamped addressed envelope for return by post if you will not be able to pick up your prescription from the Surgery (please allow extra time for any possible delays with the postal service).
Pharmacy ordering/collection service
Pharmacies offer a prescription collection service from our Practice. They can also order your medication on your behalf. This saves you time and unnecessary visits to the Practice. Please contact the Pharmacy of your choice for more information if you wish to use this service.
Rowlands Ferndown have informed us that repeat prescription requests will now take 5 working days to turn around.
Telephone requests for repeat prescriptions should only be made by HOUSEBOUND PATIENTS, and these calls should be made after 2:00pm this helps to keep the phone lines clear for patients calling to make appointments or to request urgent visits during the morning.
The Doctors at the Practice regularly review the medication you are taking. This may involve changes to your tablets and is in accordance with current Health Authority policies. Please be reassured that this will not affect your treatment. We may sometimes call you in for a medication review and this may involve blood tests. It is very important that you attend these appointments, as it keeps you safe whilst taking medication.
Non-repeat items (acute requests)
Non-repeat prescriptions, known as ‘acute’ prescriptions are medicines that have been issued by the Doctor but not added to your repeat prescription records. This is normally a new medication issued for a trial period, and may require a review visit with your Doctor prior to the medication being added onto your repeat prescription records.
Some medications are recorded as acute as they require to be closely monitored by the Doctor. Examples include many anti-depressants, drugs of potential abuse or where the prescribing is subject to legal or clinical restrictions or special criteria. If this is the case with your medicine, you may not always be issued with a repeat prescription until you have consulted with your Doctor again.
When you are discharged from Hospital you should normally receive five days supply of medication.
On receipt of your medication requirements, which will be issued to you by the Hospital, please visit the Surgery to provide them with this information, or post the details via S.A.E, before your supply of medication has run out.
Hospital requests for change of medication will be checked by the GP first, and if necessary your Doctor will provide you with a prescription. The Practice will endeavour to have this available by 4pm on the same day, however your prescription cannot be issued until your medical details are checked by the Doctor; therefore on occasion, you may be advised to collect it the following day.