Prescription Ordering Times
Spring / Summer Bank Holiday Opening Times
You can ask for a repeat prescription by phoning between the hours of 2pm and 4pm, calling into the surgery when the reception is open, by post, by leaving a request slip at the local pharmacy, or via SystmOnline. Wherever possible please give the exact drug names when ordering.
It is our practice policy that we only supply 28 days supply of each medication.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please note both Stanhope and Wolsingham chemists will close between 12:15 and 13:30pm daily for lunch.
Please note Tow Law chemist will close for lunch Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays between 12:30 and 13:30pm.
The following chemists are open after 6pm
Asda Pharmacy - Bishop Auckland
Sainsburys Pharmacy - Bishop Auckland
Tesco Pharmacy - Bishop Auckland
Lloyds Pharmacy - 12 Station Rd, Consett - Open until 18:30pm Monday - Friday
What will this mean for you?
If you currently collect your repeat prescription from us, you will no longer have to visit the surgery to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will be able to send it electronically to the place you choose (a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor if you use one).
If you wish to use this NHS service you will need to choose where you would like us to electronically send your prescription to (once EPS is implemented). This is called nomination. Before our ‘go live’ date of 18th April 2016, you will be able to set your nomination with your preferred pharmacy. You will then be able to set, change or remove your nomination at any time either by telling us, or any pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS.
(Please note – The Practice will not be writing to you about your nomination. If you do receive any correspondence regarding this, it will not be from us).
What if we currently dispense your medicines at St John’s Chapel Surgery?
We will continue to provide this service for you, exactly as we do now.
If you have any queries please ask our practice staff, your pharmacist, or visit www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients
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