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Repeat Prescriptions

Patients on regular, repeat medication can order their prescription in the following ways:

  • Online – please see our Online Prescription tab for more details
  • In person – please use your repeat slip or write your request on a piece of paper including your name, date of birth, items required and chemist (if applicable) and post it in the box at reception
  • Telephone – please call the main surgery number after 10:00. Please note: from 4th October 2017, all telephone prescription requests will be recorded by an answering machine.
  • By Post – please send your request together with a stamped addressed envelope and we will post your prescription back to you

Prescriptions will be ready for collection or posting 24 hours after being ordered.

Alternatively, you can arrange for your regular chemist to collect the prescription for you. Please note that prescriptions should not be collected by anyone under the age of 16 unless by prior arrangement.

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner 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.

Hospital Requests

When you are discharged from hospital you should normally receive five days supply of medication.

On receipt of your medication requirements, which will be issued to you by the hospital, please bring this to the surgery or post via S.A.E. before your supply of medication has run out.

Hospital requests for change of medication will be checked by the GP first, and if necessary your Doctor will issue you with a Prescription. The Practice will endeavour to issue you with your prescription on that day, but it cannot be issued until your medical details are checked by the Doctor, your prescription should normally be ready by 4pm on that day, or you may be advised to attend the next day.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions for holidays for more than three weeks.

A Scottish home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-

“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period (than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medication over such longer periods. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.

Where ongoing medical attention is not necessary, the patient may be given a private prescription.

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