You can receive repeat prescriptions without the need to see a doctor each time.
Your GP will decide how many prescriptions to authorise before asking to see you again. If you are due to have a review with your GP we will add a message to the last prescription. Please book your appointment with plenty of time so that you don't run out of tablets.
If you are on more than 2 regular medications, it may be cheaper for you to purchase a prepayment certificate - you can apply here online or speak to your pharmacist.
Some patients are entitled to help with health costs including free prescriptions, this leaflet has more information.
Repeat prescriptions can be requested in the following ways:
Using our online service
Using the printed repeat order form which is attached to each prescription - this can be posted; put through the door; brought into the surgery, or faxed on 01582 475766.
Prescriptions will normally be ready within 2 working days of request. You can collect in person or enclose a stamped addressed envelope for us to post back to you. If you are housebound, all the local chemists offer a collection and delivery service.
Please note: we do not accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions for safety reasons, nor can our receptionists issue medications that have not been authorised (on repeat) by a doctor.
If the doctor tells you you need a "fasting" blood test (usually for checking cholesterol/lipids), please ask for an appointment before 11am, as you will need to fast for 12 hours beforehand.
Likewise for testosterone tests for men, please ask for an appointment before 11am.
For results of blood tests, cervical smears and other specimens please telephone after 11.30am or call at reception. We regret all children under 15yrs must attend the hospital for blood tests. We do not routinely contact patients with normal test results (except cervical smear results), so please ring or call at reception 5-7 days after your test.
If you ask the doctor at the time of arranging the blood test, and provide a mobile phone number, we can send you your blood test results by text message.
Blood Pressure Checks
Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk for stroke and heart disease. High blood pressure may not give any symptoms; you may not know it is raised. We recommend everyone over the age of 40 should have their blood pressure checked and at least every 5 years. Our nurses and doctors can provide a general health check including blood pressure and cholesterol check, and provide feedback on how you can reduce your risk. Please ask one of our receptionists to book you an appointment for a health check.
New Patient Health Checks
We ask all new patients to make an appointment for a general health check (blood pressure, urine specimen, family history) with the GP or practice nurse when registering with the practice. Medical records can take a while to transfer from your old GP so this will allow us to record basic health information and add any repeat medication while we are waiting for your records to arrive.