All regular repeat prescriptions are computerised.
NHS Electronic Prescription Service - to find out more visit the Health and Social Care Information Centre website.
This service gives you the option to nominate the place you choose to get your medication from, so that they can receive your prescriptions electronically. This could save you a trip to your practice just to collect a prescription form. If you wish to sign up to the Electronic Prescription Service, please speak to your local pharmacist or ask at reception.
We DO NOT accept telephone requests for your own safety.
Most repeat prescription requests can be made using the computer-printed form, detached from the previous prescription. Just tick the appropriate item, and hand the form in at reception or post it to the Practice. There is also a request form available from reception. Please allow at least two working days (48 hours) before collection. We will post your prescription if you provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request.
Repeat prescription requests can also be made through the EMIS Patient Access service.
Please note: women taking the contraceptive pill need to attend for a pill check every six months - we will not repeat your prescription unless you attend for a pill check.
Next time you visit us you may be prescribed medicines which look different to your last supply. This may mean that the doctor has prescribed a generic medicine for you. If you are worried about a change in the name or appearance of your medicines, check with your pharmacist or doctor who will explain why they are different.
Where do your medicines come from?
New drugs are developed by drug companies who patent them and give them a special brand name. This is so that other companies cannot copy them. It also helps people to remember the name of their medicine. The other name for a medicine is its generic name. One example of a generic medicine is paracetamol, which is commonly known by the brand name Panadol.
What is a generic medicine?
After the patent has run out for a branded medicine, other companies can manufacture it under a generic name. The medicine is just as safe and effective as the original branded product but it is usually much cheaper.
Why do generic medicines look different?
The original colour and shape of branded medicines are sometimes included in the patent, so you may notice that your generic medicines are different in colour, size, shape and even taste. This does not alter the effect of the medicine. Generic prescribing is simple and can save the NHS money. You and other patients can benefit from this extra money and the improvements to healthcare it can bring.
- Please feel free to discuss any worries about your medicines with your doctor.
- Know your medication by its generic name and strength.
- Take your prescription to the same pharmacy each time.