Odiham Health CentreTel: 01256 702371
Old Basing Health CentreTel: 01256 868370
Patients who need to take regular medication will be issued with a computerised list of their authorised repeat medicines.
As with all prescription requests, it should be ready from your GP within 2 full working days excluding weekends and Bank Holidays.
Please be aware that although we aim to have prescriptions ready within this time scale, your local Pharmacy may have their own policy on collection times, once they have received the prescription from us.
Please plan ahead so that you do not run out.
If you require a prescription, either
When appropriate, we will ask you to make an appointment with your doctor to review your treatment. We regularly review your medication and will initiate changes when considered to be of benefit.
Your GP surgery does not automatically issue repeat prescriptions for you and can not issue medication any quicker than the time stated, even if you consider it as urgent.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have enough medication, ordering within plenty of time so you don't run out.
In some situations, we are not allowed to issue prescriptions on the NHS. A private prescription will then be issued for which a charge may be payable and you will pay the full cost of the medication at the pharmacy.
If you have seen a specialist on a private basis and have been given a private prescription, we cannot convert the prescription into an NHS one.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is active. If you have nominated a chemist your prescriptions will be sent electronically to them for you to collect, which is far more efficient and secure than printed prescriptions and saves you time coming to the surgery.
Please contact us if you would like to arrange this. If you have any queries, a member of our staff or your chemist will be able to help you.
From 1 April 2018, the charges are:
If you have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in 3months, or more than 14 items in 12months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. The charge for a single prescription item is £8.80, whereas a 3month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescription if you are:
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you're included in an award of:
For full information on the above please visit the following websites:
Department for Work and Pensions: www.gov.uk/dwp
Exemption certificates, the NHS Low Income Scheme and prescription prepayment certificates: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/healthcosts
Prescription and dental charges, eyecare, healthcare travel, wigs and fabric support costs: www.nhs.uk/helthcosts
Medicine waste is a serious and growing problem within the NHS. Sometimes, patients and their carers continue to request more repeat medicines than they really need and stockpile them at home. This wastes millions of pounds and huge quantities of medicines.
Did you know?
Unused prescription medicines cost NHS South Central an estimated £20 million every year. Based on average costs, this is the equivalent of around:
785 more nurses
20,000 more drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's
1,319 more drug treatment courses for breast cancer
5.393 more hip replacements
20,811 more cataract operations
Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the pharmacy they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
Unused medicines should be taken back to the pharmacy for safe disposal, NEVER flushed down the toilet or put in to household waste.
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