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Repeat Prescriptions


newpills1.jpgIf your doctor regularly prescribes for you, he/she may feel it is appropriate to offer the facility to allow you to obtain further supplies of your medication without arranging further appointments.


Different ways to order

Request your prescriptions using the prescription request form at the counter

Tick the boxes on previous prescription and hand to Reception

By post - If you wish this to be sent to you please include a stamped addressed envelope


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For your own health and well-being and to ensure an accurate and efficient service it is important to order your medication in plenty of time.

If you need repeat medication urgently, when the surgery is closed, please contact your local community pharmacy. Click here to Find a Local Pharmacy

Why does my prescription take 3 days?

The surgery receives around 200 prescription requests every day, often with multiple items on each request. Our prescription clerk has to check your medical records to ensure that your medication request is on your repeat prescription, then forward the request to the your Doctor. When your usual Doctor is in, between clinics, they will double check the medication to ensure it is still appropriate for you and that you are in date for any reviews and tests relating to your medication. Only then can they forward the prescription according to your request. This process is place for your safety.

Delays may occur if your medication request is not on your repeat prescription or if your medication request is different from what your Doctor has prescribed for you or if your Doctor wishes to change your medication.


Urgent prescription requests are requests for medication which you need within 24 hours to prevent you becoming severely unwell. Urgent medications include; epileptic medication, insulin, inhalers for lung conditions, emergency contraception and EpiPen for anaphylaxis.

Urgent prescription requests must be submitted by 12:00 for collection at 18:00 the same day. Requests received after 12:00 will be processed the following day.

Urgent prescription requests are not requests for medication which has been ordered late. Routine requests submitted as Urgent requests will be reviewed by a Doctor, and if appropriate rejected or only part issued. You should allow 72 hours (3 working days) for routine repeat prescription requests.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your repeat prescription request is ordered in plenty of time. Urgent requests for medication that is available over the counter will not be processed as Urgent; it will be processed as a Routine request. This is not the receptionist’s decision: please respect them.

Urgent requests are monitored and recorded on your records. Urgent repeat requests may result in you receiving a letter from the surgery, to identify the cause for repeated Urgent requests, and try to assist you to manage your medication better.


Weekends and Bank Holidays Urgent prescription requests can be requested by contacting 111, who will assess the urgency of your request and direct you to the appropriate service. By the end of the next working day, the 11 service will inform your GP of any treatment or medication you have received.


If your pharmacist orders your prescriptions for you (known as ‘managed repeats’) please be aware that the pharmacist does NOT have access to your medical records.

This means they don’t know when your medications have been altered. If you get the wrong medication e.g. being issued medications you no longer need or at an incorrect dose, this can be harmful. It can also lead to unnecessary waste.

As a practice we would NOT recommend this system. Please speak to your GP if you need to discuss this further.


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