Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat Prescription Advice

Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS)

Electronic prescribing service

If you get regular prescriptions, the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to the Practice.

EPS makes it possible for your prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice. This means you'll no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from the Practice – instead, you can go straight to the nominated pharmacy to pick up your medicines.

Because your pharmacist has already received your electronic prescription, they may be able to prepare your items in advance, so you may be able pick it up with no extra wait.

In the future, EPS will replace paper prescriptions in primary care in England. Please speak to a receptionist or member of the prescribing team, if you wish to start using EPS now.

Electronic or paper prescriptions can be redeemed at any UK pharmacy. The local pharmacists are listed below:

Paydens Chemist
Steyning Health Centre
Tanyard lane
Steyning
West Sussex
BN44 3RJ
Tel: 01903 815615
Fax: 01903 813326

Pharmacy & Stores
High Street
Upper Beeding
West Sussex
Tel: 01903 813218

Ashington Pharmacy
London Road
Ashington
RH20 3DD
Tel: 01903 892397

Repeat prescriptions can take up to 5 days to process so please be patient and remember to order your prescription online or hand in your request at least four days before you need your medication renewed. Please order your repeat prescription by post, fax, in person, or via our online services.

Please be advised that we do not usually accept repeat prescription requests by telephone unless you are housebound or for another specific reason agreed by the practice.

Order Repeat Prescriptions Online

Did you know you can request your repeat prescription online? The easiest, safest and quickest way to order your repeat prescription is online. There is no need to make a phone call or visit us; instead computer, smartphone or tablet users can request repeat prescriptions anywhere – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also check what medication you should be taking and when. The registration is simple - Download our internet access application form or ask a member of staff at reception.

Click here to log on if you are registered to use online services

We have an arrangement with the local chemists whereby they collect prescriptions at intervals throughout the day, thus saving you a second trip to the Health Centre for the prescription.

PREGABALIN & GABAPENTIN

From 1st April 2019 Pregabalin and Gabapentin will be reclassified as ‘controlled drugs’. Please ensure that you request any prescriptions in plenty of time, to help us to manage the transition process. If you would like to discuss any issues regarding your medicines, please contact the Practice to have a ‘shared decision-making’ conversation with your GP.

Gluten-free prescribing

In England, the current annual spend on gluten-free (GF) products is £24.7 million - which is significant.
 
Given the current challenges facing the NHS, prescribers need to ensure a fair use of resources for all their patients by finding a balance between helping patients afford the higher cost of GF diets and ensuring the fair and effective use of NHS resources.
 
For this reason, we have decided to limit prescribing of gluten-free foods to staples that are more expensive to buy as a gluten free product in the supermarkets, i.e. bread and flour.
 
For further information, please read this information leaflet. 

 

Prescription Charges

Details of the current prescription charges may be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/Healthcosts/pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx. If you are on multiple repeat medications, you may find it more cost effective to purchase a pre-payment certificate to reduce your prescription charges. Details of these may be obtained from the Prescriptions Authority at: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/healthcosts.

If you are under 18 years of age, unemployed or on invalidity benefit then you will not have to pay for your prescription. Ensure that you fill out the reverse of the prescription form correctly and sign it, and have some proof that you are exempt from prescription charges with you when you collect your medication from the pharmacy.