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If you are on regular medication you may be provided with repeat prescriptions.
When you require a new supply of medication please let us have in writing the following details: Name, Date of Birth, details of the medication you require and which pharmacy you would like us to send the prescription to. The easiest way to order is via online services (see above). Alternatively, you can email the details to us (send to email@example.com), or drop in/post us the request.
Your prescription will be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy. Please allow us 3 working days to fulfill your request.
Please note requests for repeat prescriptions cannot be taken over the telephone for medico-legal reasons, as errors can occur.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor 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 order your repeat prescription a week before you will run out, and allow three full working days for prescriptions to be processed. Remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
Please note that if you are under a private consultant then that consultant organises your prescriptions and any tests required. These can not be done under the NHS
Many minor ailments can be treated at home with the support of your local pharmacy if needed. Over the counter products for self care are things like pain relief and cough and cold remedies, and these items can be bought from pharmacies and supermarkets without a prescription.
By spending less on prescribing these easily purchased medicines, the NHS in Bexley can spend this money on other NHS treatments.
For advice and information on what to do when illness strikes, including when to self care, visit South East London CCG's website.
This practice is unable to routinely prescribe medicines for self-care that can be bought readily from supermarkets and pharmacies without a prescription.
Thank you for your understanding.
Anti-diarrhoeal medication for short-term use
Anti-fungal treatment for short-term minor ailments
Baby colic treatment
Cold sore creams
Complementary and alternative preparations
Cough and cold remedies
Ear wax removers
Head lice and scabies treatment
Haemorrhoidal preparations for short-term use
Infant formulas (lactosefree, soya-based and ‘staydown’ anti-reflux baby milks)
Laxatives for short-term use
Mouthwashes and mouth ulcer treatment
Nappy rash cream
Painkillers for short-term pain control e.g. headaches
Hay fever treatments
Topical steroids for short term use for bites, stings or mild dermatitis
Vitamins and supplements
Warts and verruca treatment
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.
People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they have a valid medical exemption certificate.
A medical exemption certificate:
It’s your responsibility to check the expiry date, and if you claim free prescriptions after your certificate expires, you could have to pay a penalty charge of up to £100.
If you're entitled to a certificate because of your medical condition, please ask Reception for an application form.
These charges apply in England only.
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 order your repeat prescription a week before you will run out.
Allow three full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.