Repeat Prescriptions

Your doctor may agree with you that you can collect certain regular prescriptions without seeing them on every occasion. You can request a ‘repeat prescription’ using any of the following methods:

  • online 24 hours a day including weekends
    • you must have signed up to use SystmOnline at the practice – read about this under “Online Services” here: patient info
    • your prescription will then be ready to collect after 5.00pm the next working day
    • if you have set up “electronic prescribing” then your prescription will be sent digitally to your chemist of choice to avoid the need to pick up the green paper script – read about this under “Online Services” here : patient info
  • post your repeat prescription list to us, clearly marking the required items on the list remembering to allow time for the list to reach us by post
  • call in at the surgery and leave a message, or your repeat prescription list with the needed medication clearly marked on your repeat list

In line with Huddersfield-wide policy we can no longer accept telephone requests for prescriptions or requests from “third parties” (such as chemists or appliance firms).

Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.

Please note that requests for anything other than previously agreed repeat prescriptions will not be accepted.  When you receive a message telling you that your medication review is due, it is very important that you book an appointment for the review in plenty of time.

Fees

Prescription Charges and Exemptions

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.

 

NHS charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £8.20
  • 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 14 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

EPS

The 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.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
  • 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 at the pharmacy as there will be time for your repeat prescriptions to be made ready before you arrive.

Is this service right for you? 

Yes, if you have a stable condition and you:

  • don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription
  • collect your medicines from the same place most of the time or use a prescription collection service now.

It may not be if you:

  • don’t get prescriptions very often.
  • pick up your medicines from different places.

How can you use EPS? 

You need to choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. This is called nomination. You can choose:

  • a pharmacy.
  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one).

Ask any pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS to add your nomination for you. You don’t need a computer to do this.

Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription? 

Yes you can. If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically tell your GP. If you want to change or cancel your nomination speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.

Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential? 

Yes. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.

Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser.

For more information about EPS visit HSCIC EPS, your pharmacy or GP practice.

 

To view some videos explaining how EPS work, please follow this link EPS Videos

To find out if your choice of pharmacy is accepting EPS, please follow this link – EPS Map