Repeat Prescriptions

You can order your repeat prescription, either by ticking the boxes on your repeat slip, or by completing a request form available from reception, or online. We do not take prescriptions over the phone except for housebound or palliative care patients. However, the local chemists operate an ordering and delivery service. PLEASE ALLOW 2 WORKING DAYS WHEN ORDERING YOUR PRESCRIPTION

PRESCRIBING OF OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION IS CHANGING

Your GP, Nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket, even if you qualify for free prescriptions.

This applies to treatments for the following conditions:

  • Acute sore throat                                        
  • Conjunctivitis, Coughs, colds & nasal congestion, cradle cap
  • Dandruff, Diarrhoea (adults) Dry eyes/sore tired eyes
  • Earwax, excessive sweating
  • Haemorrhoids, head lice
  • Indigestion & heartburn,Infant colic,Infrequent cold sores of the lip, infrequent constipation, infrequent migraine,insect bites & stings
  • Mild acne, Minor burns & scalds, Mild cystitis, Mild dry skin, Mild irritant dermatitis, Mild to moderate hayfever, Minor pain, discomfort & fever  (eg aches & sprains, headache, period pain, back pain) mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Ringworm/athletes foot
  • Sunburn, sun protection
  • Teething/mild toothache, threadworms, travelsickness
  • Warts and verrucae

GP's , nurses or pharmacists will also generally no longer prescribe  probiotics and some vitamins and minerals. You can get these by eating a healthy, varied diet or buy them at your pharmacy or supermarket.

WHY DOES THE NHS NEED TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES?

The NHS has been spending around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, such as paracetamol.By reducing the amount the NHS spends on over the counters medicines, we can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.

YOU MAY STILL BE PRESCRIBED A MEDICINE FOR A CONDITION ON THE LIST IF:

  • You need treatment for a long-term condition e.g regular pain relief for chronic arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease
  • You need treatment for more complex forms of minor illnesses,e.g migraines that are very bad and where over the counter medicines don't work
  • You need an over the counter medicine to treat a side effect of a prescription medicine or symptom of another illness, e.g constipation when taking certain painkillers
  • The medicine has a licence which doesn't allow the product to be sold over the counter to certain groups of patients.This could include babies, children or women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • The person prescribing thinks that a patient cannot treat themselves, for eaxample because of mental health problems or severe social vulnerability.

Your local pharmacy team are qualified health professionals with the knowledge and skills to help with many health concerns. Pharmacists can give clinical advice, right there and then and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. If your symptoms suggest it's more serious, they'll ensure you get the care you need.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Keeping a few useful medicines at home means you can treat common conditions immediately without having to see a healthcare professional.

These could include:

  • Painkillers to help with pain, discomfort & fever
  • Indigestion medicines, oral rehydration salts and treatments for constipation or diarrhoea
  • Treatments for seasonal conditions like colds and hayfever
  • Sunblock and after sun
  • Basic first aid items (e.g plasters and antiseptic cream)

 

If you have children, make sure you have products suitable for them.Speak to your local pharmacy team about what medicines to keep at home, where to store them safely and how to use them.

WHAT IF MY SYMPTOMS DON'T IMPROVE

Your local pharmacy team can tell you how long to expect the symptoms of your condition to last. If they haven't improve after this time or you start to feel a lot worse, you should:

  • Go back to the pharmacy for further advice
  • Call NHS 111
  • Contact your GP

A&E AND 999 SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR SERIOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES

Visit the NHS website nhs.uk for information and advice on treating minor health concerns

Find out more about this change to prescription policy at@:

nhs.uk/OTCmedicines