Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

New patients must speak to a GP before medication can be prescribed or added as a repeat prescription.

If you have repeat medications, you can place a request with us up to ten days before your medication runs out.

  • Order via the NHS app or other available aps
  • Visit Stanhope and drop off your prescription side slip. (These can be put through the letterbox if we are closed)
  • Send a request by post
  • Drop off a request slip at Stanhope Chemist. for reasons of patient safety:
  • Please note Wolsingham pharmacy no longer accept request slips

Please allow three working days for prescriptions to be processed and ready for collection.

We can arrange for prescriptions to go electronically to the Pharmacy of your choice.

Our policy is to provide twenty-eight day supply of each medication.

If you need a medication that you do not regularly have, you may require a phone call with a GP to review your medication.

You can also give proxy access to a trusted friend or relative to order online for you.

In line with current government recommendations, the Practice, where practicable, will prescribe generic rather than brand name medicines. This may result in some change to your usual tables but will not effect it's benefit. If you have any queries on this matter, please contact the chemist or the practice.

If you are on repeat medication, an annual review is necessary. A Clinical Pharmacist or GP will carry out the review. They will contact you if necessary and an appointment may be required.

Medication Reviews

Regular prescriptions should be reviewed every year. You will be asked to make an appointment when your review is due.

Reviews are an important part of managing your medication and are useful to assess how your medication is working or if any changes are needed.

We call these reviews your Year of Care Review and where possible we align them to your birthday month. Depending on your long term conditions / medication your review may consist of an appointment for blood tests, blood pressure, height and weight and may be followed up by one of our practice pharmacists or a GP. You will be sent an invitation for yoour review by text or by letter if we do not have your mobile number. You will also get a number of reminders if you do not respond.

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 Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) | NHSBSA

NHS Charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.65
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £111.60
  • 3-month PPC: £31.25

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.

NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) | NHSBSA

Electronic Repeat Dispensing

For patients who have a regular prescription, Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) allows them to get their medicines from their chosen pharmacy without having to obtain, each time they collect, a signature from their GP.

Through eRD a GP can authorise up to twelve-months’ worth of a patient’s regular prescription, which is then ready for download and dispensing at the chosen pharmacy each time the patient needs it.

People who have consented to get their regular medication through eRD welcome the convenience of knowing their next prescription will be ready without having to contact their general practice, and say it provides flexibility so they have medication to cover bank holidays.

Practice Statement to Support Being a Greener Practice with Regards to Medications