Processing Your Prescription Request
Prescriptions can take up to 3 working days to process.
You can order your prescription up to 10 days before it is due. If you require your prescription early for any reason (for example: if you are going on holiday), please provide these details with your repeat prescription request. We are unable to process early prescription requests without this information.
Electronic Prescribing Service
Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically.
You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When your prescription is signed, it will be sent electronically to the pharmacy you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
If you have repeat prescriptions or are already using a prescription collection service (where a pharmacy collects prescriptions from your GP practice for you) then choosing a pharmacy to dispense all your prescriptions may save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.
You will still order your repeat prescriptions in the same way as you do now, but your prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.
For more information please click here.
You can request your repeat medication by indicating the items you require on the tear-off slip of your prescription and handing it in at the practice prescription box.
Alternatively, you can order your repeat prescription online via the top of this page.
Please allow 72 working hours for prescriptions to be processed.
Over the Counter Medicines (OTC)
Your GP or nurse will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket even if you qualify for free prescriptions. This is part of the NHS plan to reduce the amount of money spent by the NHS on medicines that can be bought over the counter.
Click HERE to find out more.
Prescription Fees and Help With NHS Costs
The NHS prescription charge is currently £9.15 for each prescribed item, which means that there is a charge for each different drug or medical appliance on your prescription. Support stockings are charged per stocking.
In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:
- those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
- those who are age exempt
- those with certain medical conditions
- More information is available at NHS Choices
If you think you may be entitled to free prescriptions, you can either check with your local chemist or visit the NHS website by clicking here.
There is also more advice available about the NHS Low Income Scheme here.
Aerial drone photos of East Leake 2020 courtesy of Calum Waggett