Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Following an initial consultation you maybe advised that you will need an ongoing course of medication beyond the initial prescription.  If you require regular medication these may be put onto a repeat prescription. This will enable you to get your medication without having to see the nurse/doctor each time, although you may be advised at intervals to see us for a review of your medication depending on the duration, diagnosis and type of medication.  You will only be able to order a repeat prescription for a defined period (usually 28 days).  You will need to order your repeat prescription a short period before the previous prescription is due to run out as it takes upto 7 working days to process your order.  Details of how to order your repeat prescription are given below. 

If you are new to the practice and already on regular medication, please arrange for an appointment with your GP and provide details of your regualr medication. This will allow us to review your current diagnosis and prescribe exactly the right type and dose of medication for you.

Patients can order a repeat prescription in 4 ways:

  1. Using the Patient Access app - link above.
  2. By putting the repeat prescription in the drop off box ourside the surgery.
  3. By posting us the repeat prescription (please include a stamped addressed envelope).
  4. By e mailing your request to us at berryfieldsmedicalcentre@nhs.net.

Please note that requests for repeat prescriptions will not be taken over the telephone.

For all repeat prescription requests, please ensure that you have clearly given the full medication name, the dosage, and that your name, address and DOB are clearly marked on the request form.

You will need to nominate a local Pharmacy that you wish the prescription to be sent to as you will not be able to collect any prescriptions from the surgery.  You can do this by either:

  1. Update your record online using the Patient Access app (link at top of this page.
  2. E mail Reception and ask them to update your record with your nominated pharmacy. 

Please be aware that due to the exceptionally high workload in the pharmacies repeat prescriptions can take upto 7 working days to process. 

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

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

NHS Charges

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65

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.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

Over the Counter Medicines

Doctors have been asked not to prescribe medicines for minor ailments like paracetamol or ibuprofen *

Doctors have been asked not prescribe a list of medicines for minor ailments. These medicines can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket. This includes patients who get FREE prescriptions.

Click here for an information leaflet.

The minor ailments are:

New sore throat, Conjunctivitis, Coughs, colds and congestion, Cradle cap, Dandruff, Diarrhoea (adults), Dry eyes/sore tire eyes, Earwax, Unusual sweating, Piles, Headlice, Indigestion and heartburn, Child colic,  Occasional cold sores, Occasional constipation, Occasional migraine, Insect bites and stings, Mild acne, Minor burns and scalds, Mild cystitis, Mild dry skin, Mild irritant dermatitis, Mild to moderate hay fever, Minor pain, discomfort and fever (eg aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain), Mouth ulcers, Nappy rash, Thrush in the mouth, Prevention of tooth decay, Ringworm/athletes foot, Sunburn, Sun protection, Teething/mild toothache, Threadworms, Travel sickness, Warts and verrucae.

Community pharmacists are trained to offer help and advise on minor ailments. They will help you if you visit your local pharmacy.

Further information about this is available at: www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/otc

Click here for a patient information leaflet

* Patients who need these drugs in regular quantities can continue to get them on repeat prescription.

For further information please contact: Neil Phillips, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978.