Repeat prescriptions

Our repeat prescription system is fully computerised.

As from 1st June 2019 the practice will no longer accept repeat prescription requests by telephone.

  • You can request your prescription in one of the following ways ;
    Counterfoil (the back of your prescription) indicating which medication you require by ticking the box at the side of the medication and placing in the prescription box at the surgery,
  • In writing,
  • Online via SystmOne online or in person at the surgery.

Until 1st June repeat prescriptions can be requested by telephoning the surgery at Church View between 9.30am and 5.30pm and at Southmoor from 9.30am to 5.30pm. They can also be ordered on-line, by post or at Reception. If you would like to use our on-line service please speak to Reception.

The surgery does not accept repeat prescription ordering through a third party; i.e. Pharmacy.

The practice aims to generate and sign repeat prescriptions within 24 hours of request but because of the need to ensure patient safety patients should allow two working days. Please allow a further 24 hours if you wish to collect from the chemist.

We will be happy to post you your prescription on receipt of a stamped, self addressed envelope.

Only a doctor can approve your repeat prescription.

Patients on repeat prescriptions must be reviewed on a regular basis by a doctor and you may be asked to make an appointment for this purpose.

 

Wakefield CCG Prescribing Changes

Items which will no longer be prescribed on Prescription

From the 1st May 2017

You will not be able to have these items on prescription

  • Sunscreen for skin protection from UV radiation
  • Cream for unwanted facial hair and other products for cosmetic use.
  • Emollients for minor skin conditions
  • Camouflage Products
  • Multivitamins
  • Expensive brands of medicine if a suitable generic alternative is available that costs less

From 1st July 2017, these items will not be prescribed

  • All Gluten free products, Soya and thickened infant formula(baby milk)
  • Infant formula(baby milk) for lactose intolerance.

Patients will have to purchase these products.

Other Products

  • Items which you can buy over the counter for example antihistamines, certain creams/ointments/drops
  • Painkillers for certain conditions

Complaints

This change has been made by Wakefield CCG for the whole Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract area. To reduce the unnecessary burden on NHS finances. Other CCG’s around the country are also making this change.

Please don’t complain to the practice or its staff please forward any complaints to PALS at Wakefield CCG.

Prescriptions Charges

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 (per item): £8.80

Prescriptions Pre Payment Charges

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

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

Private Prescriptions

Recently all GP Practices have received guidance from The British Medical Association (BMA) regarding the issuing of private repeat prescriptions. The legal advice is clear that in cases of treatment under the primary care contact, GP’s cannot issue private repeat prescriptions. They will be in breach of obligation if they do so as this is classed as denying the NHS of revenue.