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New Southgate Surgery, Buxton Place, Leeds Road, Wakefield, WF1 3JQTel: 01924 334400
** To order your repeats via the website you will need to register for SystmOnline **
Repeat prescriptions can only be authorised by your GP at a suitable appointment. Once you are part of the repeat prescription procedure you can order your medication in the following ways:
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner, practice nurse or pharmacist at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and Bank Holidays into account.
The Practice will generate and sign all repeat prescriptions within 2 working days of receiving a request to do so, except where;
- The Practice has tried and failed to contact the patient where this is needed before the prescription can be issued safely, or
- Where a medication review is pending and must be undertaken before the prescription can be issued safely. The request for a review will be highlighted on your most recent prescription.
The Practice aims to generate and sign repeat prescription within 24 hours of request but, because of the need to ensure patient safety, patients should allow 2 working days. The Practice will do its best to provide prescriptions in urgent circumstances but will not compromise patient safety to do so.
Some local pharmacies operate a delivery service. Patients should check with their preferred pharmacy.
** Practice Repeat Prescription Ordering Policy **
The Practice no longer accepts repeat prescription requests from pharmacies on behalf of patients. We are aware that the online pharmacy, ‘Pharmacy 2U’ is currently mailing Wakefield residents advising of the services that they can provide. Please note that our policy also applies to Pharmacy 2U and therefore if you choose to nominate Pharmacy 2U to dispense your medicines, you will still need to order your own prescription from the surgery.
All pharmacies are still able to collect your repeat prescription from the surgery once it has been processed and deliver your medicines to you, if they offer these services.
Please be assured that the Practice has not provided Pharmacy 2U with your details and that we are not affiliated to them in any way.
• Sunscreen for skin protection from UV radiation• Cream for unwanted facial hair & other products that are mainly for cosmetic purposes• Emollient (moisturiser) for minor skin conditions• Camouflage products e.g. make-up for port wine stain birthmarks• Multivitamins, where no specific deficiency has been identified• Expensive medicines if a suitable ‘generic’ alternative is available which costs less.
• Soya and thickened infant formula (baby milk)• Infant formula (baby milk) for lactose intolerance• Gluten free food products
ADVICE FOR PATIENTS
Why are these products not available on prescription?
NHS Wakefield CCG decided to stop providing these products on prescription because they offer limited health benefits, are low clinical priority, or can be purchased at a relatively low cost in supermarkets and pharmacies
In the case of infant formula (baby milk), products are available to purchase at a similar cost to regular formula; for those who use milk tokens, these can be exchanged for the formula for lactose intolerance. Please note that specialist infant formulae for cows milk protein allergies (CMPA) and premature babies will continue to be available on prescription.
Your local NHS spend over £1.1 million a year on widely available, over-the-counter medicines like those listed above. By making the change we can spend this money on drugs and treatments that have much more impact on people’s health.
Most of these products are available locally at a relatively low cost or at a similar cost to regular products.
Your local community pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best products to meet your specific needs. Products are available from a range of sources including pharmacies and supermarkets. You can also find general health advice on the NHS website at: www.nhs.uk
Expensive Branded Medicines
All medicines have a generic name. They may also have one or more brands names chosen by the manufacturing company. Generic and branded medicines have the same active ingredients and the same clinical effect. In the UK there are strict quality control before a medicine can be prescribed so generic and branded versions of the same medicine will be of the same quality.
NHS Wakefield CCG have decided to stop providing these branded products on prescription because they have the same active ingredients and clinical effect as generic products but can be up to 56 times more expensive.
The colour, size and shape of a medicine may change depending on which company makes it. However, the medicine will have the same clinical effect as your usual brand.
Check with your community pharmacist if you have any concerns about the use of a particular medicine.
Should you have any questions or comments about these changes, please contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS): Telephone: 01924 542972 (Mon – Fri: 9.30am to 4.30pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS Service.
It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.
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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.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.
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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