Billericay Health CentreStock RoadEssex, CM12 0BJTel: 01277 658071
All repeat prescriptions are now issued via the practice computer.
These are printed clearly and have counterfoils showing a list of the medicines you are taking and the number of times each medicine can be issued again before the doctor will need to go through your prescriptions with you.
Please hand in, post or fax your repeat prescription counterfoil to us, ticking the medication you need.
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We prefer that you request all the medicines that you will need in the next two months.
Please note that we do not accept requests for repeat prescriptions by telephone.
Due to the number of prescriptions that are received by the practice every day, any prescription request received after 10am will not be processed until the following day. Please remember to make sure that you have enough medication.
What is the Electronic Prescription Service?
A new way to get your medicines and appliances.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service. The Billericay Medical Practice can send your prescription electronically to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.
What does this mean for you?
If you get a repeat prescription, you will not have to spend your time going to your GP practice each time to pick up your paper prescription. Instead your GP will send it automatically to the place you choose, with no chance of it getting lost.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from, because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
You may not have to wait as long for your prescription items, as there will be time to get your repeat prescription items ready before you arrive. If any of the medicines on your prescription are out of stock, they can be ordered in ready for you.
You can read the EPS Patient Information Leaflet HERE
Please let us know if there is a difference between what you are taking and what is listed on your prescription counterfoil.
Some medicines need close monitoring and you will be asked to make an appointment rather than being given a repeat prescription.
We often have requests for re-prescriptions of items which have not been set up as true repeat prescriptions. You can fill out a form at reception to make such a request. Please try to give us as much information as possible about what you are requesting, such as drug name, dosage, frequency etc. Requests of this sort take longer to process (up to five working days) as a decision has to be made by one of the doctors as to whether another prescription can be issued without the patient being seen (for example we hardly ever prescribe antibiotics without first seeing the patient).
Sometimes requests come with a note such as 'please contact me when my prescription is ready'. Our volume of work is such that we cannot do this, but we are happy for patients to ring in to ask us if their prescription is ready.
You can now arrange for your pharmacist to pick up your completed prescription and have the medicines waiting for you at the chemists; reception will be able to help you if you wish to arrange this.
The practice will no longer accept patients requests to change a private prescription to a NHS prescription without the patient consulting with a doctor first.
Patients who wish for their prescription to be changed must make an appointment with the doctor or dispense the medication at a local pharmacist if they cannot wait until they can be seen on the next available routine appointment. READ MORE HERE
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
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