Repeat Prescriptions


Repeat prescriptions are items that the GP has decided you can order on a regular basis. These are the items already listed on the re-order form attached to your current prescription.

Ordering a Repeat Prescription

The NHS App

Order repeat prescriptions via the NHS App or NHS website, and have them sent to a pharmacy of your choice.

Learn more about the NHS App

Online Form

If you're not registered with our online services, you can use our online form

Order your repeat prescription via our online Repeat Prescription form. No account required.

Use our online form

Your Local Pharmacy

Pharmacy Ordering / Collection Service

Pharmacies offer a prescription collection service from our Practice

Your pharmacy can also order your medication on your behalf. This saves you time and unnecessary visits to the Practice. Please contact the Pharmacy of your choice for more information if you wish to use this service.

About pharmacists

As qualified healthcare professionals, pharmacists can offer advice on minor illnesses such as:

  • coughs
  • colds
  • sore throats
  • tummy trouble
  • aches and pains

They can also advise on medicine that you can buy without a prescription.

Find a pharmacy

In Person

You can order in person by returning the right-hand half of a previous prescription for the required medications.

Or, you can submit a handwritten request. You may also write out an order for someone else. You must include the patient's name, date of birth and requested medication.

By Post

You can post your prescription slip or written request to us at the Practice.

If you're unable to collect your prescription from the surgery, please include a stamped, addressed envelope for return by post. Please allow at least seven days if requesting your medication by post.

  • Order only those items that you need. If you do not need a particular medication this time, please do not order it. You will still be able to order it at a later date when you do need it.
  • If you agree that a carer or community pharmacist can order your prescriptions on your behalf, please make sure you only allow them to order the items you need. If you receive any medicines that you did not request please inform your doctor.
  • When you receive or collect your medicines from the pharmacy please check that you only receive items that you requested. Inform the practice if there are any unexpected items.

Acute prescriptions

Acute medications are items which the GP has decided you can have for short- term and NOT order on a regular repeat prescription. These require longer to process because the GP needs to review your medical records to determine the appropriateness of the medication you have requested.

Please allow five full working days for acute prescriptions to be processed. Remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.

Collecting your prescription

Please allow 3 working days for prescriptions to be processed which are sent to a pharmacy.

You will need to choose a pharmacy to collect your prescription from. We call this nominating a pharmacy.

Learn how to nominate a pharmacy

When you collect your prescription from the surgery, please check that it is only for the medications that you have ordered.  Please inform the receptionist if there are any errors.

Please note we do not let children up to age 16 collect theirs or anyone’s prescription.

Medication Queries

If you have questions about your medicine, your local pharmacists can answer these. They can also answer questions on medicines you can buy without a prescription.

The NHS website has information on how your medicine works, how and when to take it, possible side effects and answers to your common questions.

Go to Medicines A to Z

If you would like to speak to someone at the GP surgery about your prescription, contact us.

If you have not been prescribed a medication before you will need to contact the surgery to book an appointment with a GP.

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to or fill online form or speak to our clinical pharmacist or GP at least once a year to review these regular medications. Notification should appear on your repeat slip

  • It is a talk you can have with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist to ensure that you are comfortable taking your medication.
  • It is an opportunity to confirm that you are taking the right medicines in the right way, in the right amounts and that you are getting the right effects.
  • It is also your opportunity to learn more about your medications and a chance to discuss any questions or concerns you might have

Medicines and Wastage

  • Know the names of all your medicines (these includes tablets, capsules, inhalers, liquid medicines, testing strips and so on) and what they are used for
  • If you cannot remember what medicine is for then you can book a free medicines use review (MUR) with your regular dispensing pharmacist
  • If you have decided not to take medicine (you should take advice from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist before stopping any medication) please do not re-order it. Make an appointment with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist to discuss why you have made this decision.
  • If you have decided to take more or less of a medication than the pharmacy label allows, please make an appointment with a doctor, nurse or practice pharmacist to discuss this before taking more of less doses of medication.
  • Do not take non-prescribed medication (e.g. over the counter, health foods or herbal or Chinese medicines) without checking with your prescriber or pharmacist. It may interfere with your regular medication and may be harmful.
  • A large amount of medication is wasted every year.  Some of this is due to people ordering medication that they do not need or do not take.
  • Medicines that have been ordered and returned to the pharmacy cannot be reused even if they are unopened and must be destroyed.
  • You can help to reduce the amount of wastage by ordering only those items that you use and need.

Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

  • Do not throw away unwanted medication and do not flush any down the toilet
  • Always return expired, unused and unwanted medication to your local pharmacy. They will dispose of it safely.

Non-GP Prescription Policy

Any prescriptions originated outside the surgery i.e., through hospitals or any clinics, the prescribers are expected to write and dispense the prescription to the patient directly for at least first two-weeks. It is also expected of the prescriber to send the surgery full communications re the prescription to initiate any repeats after the first two weeks.

Read our Non-GP Prescription Policy

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