Processing Your Prescription Request
Prescriptions can take up to 3 working days to process.
You can order your prescription up to 10 days before it is due. If you require your prescription early for any reason (for example: if you are going on holiday), please provide these details with your repeat prescription request. We are unable to process early prescription requests without this information. We DO NOT accept prescription requests via email or by telephone unless you have been coded as clinically housebound by a GP.
Electronic Prescribing Service
Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically.
You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When your prescription is signed, it will be sent electronically to the pharmacy you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
If you have repeat prescriptions or are already using a prescription collection service (where a pharmacy collects prescriptions from your GP practice for you) then choosing a pharmacy to dispense all your prescriptions may save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.
You will still order your repeat prescriptions in the same way as you do now, but your prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.
For more information please click here.
You can request your repeat medication by indicating the items you require on the tear-off slip of your prescription and handing it in at the practice prescription box.
Alternatively, you can order your repeat prescription online via the top of this page.
Please allow 72 working hours for prescriptions to be processed.
If you are due a medication review you can still request your medication. If you are ordering online it might not allow you to tick your repeat items but you can create a custom request using the free text box below your repeat list. If you type in the items you are needing this will get sent through to our prescriptions team who will then send a message to a GP. You do not need to book an appointment unless told to do so by either a GP, Nurse or Pharmacist.
Pharmacy team – Clinical Pharmacist and Technician
“GPs are the experts in diagnosis, but pharmacists and technicians are the experts in medication… so we work really well together to give patients the best care possible”
To provide specialist expertise in the use of medicines and help to provide maximum benefits from your medication.
What the practice pharmacy team can do?
- Reconciles medication after discharge from hospital
- Answer medication related queries
- Medication reviews – evaluate the appropriate use and effectiveness of patient’s medication
- Manage long term conditions
- Shared decision making with patient to take control of their own medication
- Synchronisation of medication on repeats
- Pain management, blood pressure control or queries
- HRT initiation
- Statins & cholesterol
- Asthma control
Patients that could benefit from the service
- Long term health conditions
- On high risk medicines (e.g. warfarin, apixaban)
- Recently discharged from hospital and had multiple changes to medication.
- Polypharmacy (patients taking more than 10 medicines)
Reception staff will book in with the pharmacy team depending on the nature of the call.
Our Keyworth Surgery is a Dispensing Sites
Over the Counter Medicines (OTC)
Your GP or nurse 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 is part of the NHS plan to reduce the amount of money spent by the NHS on medicines that can be bought over the counter.
Click HERE to find out more.
Prescription Fees and Help With NHS Costs
The NHS prescription charge is currently £9.65 for each prescribed item, which means that there is a charge for each different drug or medical appliance on your prescription. Support stockings are charged per stocking.
In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:
- those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
- those who are age exempt
- those with certain medical conditions
- More information is available at NHS Choices
If you think you may be entitled to free prescriptions, you can either check with your local chemist or visit the NHS website by clicking here.
There is also more advice available about the NHS Low Income Scheme here.
HRT Prescription Prepayment Certificate
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) (21st February 2023) announced that patients in England will be able to access cheaper Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopause through a new Hormone Replacement Therapy prescription prepayment certificate (HRT PPC).
From 1st April 2023, patients who usually pay for their HRT prescriptions will be able to purchase an annual HRT PPC for the cost of two single prescription charges. The HRT PPC, valid for 12 months only covers Oestrogen and Progesterone only it does not yet cover Testosterone. It is similar to the current medicines pre-payment certificate but it will only cost £19.30 for a years supply of HRT as opposed to the £111.60 that the general prepayment certificate (which covers all medication) costs.
Please click here for more information and to see the list of HRT items in scope for the HRT-only PPC
Aerial drone photos of East Leake 2020 courtesy of Calum Waggett