If you are on regular treatment, the doctor will give you a repeat prescription form.
We accept written requests for repeat prescriptions, preferably by email or returning the order form issued with your prescription.
Please note that we are unable to take telephone requests for repeat prescriptions as the volume of calls relating to prescriptions can make it difficult for patients trying to get through to make appointments or needing medical advice. If any individuals have difficulties with finding a suitable method of ordering, please contact the Practice Manager.
It is our usual practice to issue prescriptions for a one month supply of medication. In special circumstances where you require a different amount than usual, please let us know why so we can issue extra prescriptions (e.g. an extra month to cover a holiday).
If you want your prescription to be sent to a particular pharmacy, please mark this on the repeat request form or in the email.
Please allow three full working days for Dispensary items (5 full working days for a pharmacy item) to allow for your prescription to be written and checked and dispensed. Items that we dispense which need to be specially ordered may take a few days.
This is a dispensing practice. Patients living more than a mile from a pharmacy can obtain their medicines direct from the surgery.
This excludes most patients living in Four Marks and Alton.
When a patient is seen by a private specialist they will often be given a private prescription so they can start a new medication immediately. We would ask that patients have these dispensed at the hospital or clinic where they have been seen, or take the script directly to a local chemist. You will be charged for the medication costs on a private prescription.
We do not reissue private prescriptions as NHS prescriptions but it will usually be possible for us to issue ongoing prescriptions if they are required on a repeat basis.
Electronic Prescribing Service
This practice is set up for the electronic prescription service.
This means that for most patients we can send your prescription to your chosen chemist directly saving you having to come down to the surgery.
To get your prescription sent to your chosen pharmacy you will have to ask reception to sign you up.
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Over the Counter (OTC) Medicines
The NHS currently spends about £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought OTC. Our GPs will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter (OTC) medicines for a range of short-term, minor health concerns. Instead OTC medicines are available to buy in some local shops, supermarkets or pharmacies. By reducing the spending on OTC medicines the NHS can give priority to treatments for patients with more serious conditions such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.
The doctor will need to see you at intervals to review your medical condition. This is indicated by the date on your repeat prescription order slip - please make an appointment for review before this date. Thank you.
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
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.35
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
- 3-month PPC: £30.25
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.