PRESCRIPTIONS

HOW TO ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS

ONLINE:

If you wish to order your repeat medication online, the safest and most secure way to do so is to register onlne using one of the apps. To register please bring a form of photo ID to reception who will then be able to provide you with your login details. Once registered the process is simple, click on the link to take you to our digital page onlinedigital  download one of the apps, enter the passwords and pin numbers given to you on registration. You will then be able to view a complete list of your approved repeat medication. To order simply place a tick next to each item required, orders can then be tracked and processed as usual.

Email: 

You may email your prescription request over to us on enquiries.parkmedical@nhs.net

Telephone:

The prescription line is open Monday to Friday 08:30 until 12:00 by telephoning directly on 01772 529020 

Prescription Order Slip:

Requests can be made by ticking the appropriate box on the prescription counterfoil attached to your previous prescription or on a printed slip from reception. Please drop the completed requests on in the prescription boxes located in the entrance porches/ reception area at all 3 sites. Alternatively these can be posted via Royal Mail to Park Medical Practice, Cottam Lane, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1JR.

Contraceptive Pill Ordering

Please click here to direct you to order your contraceptive pill.

CLINICAL PHARMACISTS & REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS

Many patients make appointments to discuss their repeat medications and the GP's fully understand that patients can gain reassurance from this.  Park Medical Practice have a Clinical Pharmacist in-house who would help you with your requests.  Clinical Pharmacists are trained professionals who can support and review the best use of your medications.

We recommend patients signing up for the repeat dispensing and synchronisation schemes which would help reduce clinicians time and make available appointments for those who need to be seen urgently. Clinical Pharmacists will make sure it is safe to give your medicines this way and if a review of your medication is needed the Clinical Pharmacist will either do the review or book you in with a GP.

Repeat Dispensing and Synchronisation is a scheme to help you spend less time getting your medication as you do not need to worry about running out. Under the scheme, your doctor can write a prescription for up to 6 months’ worth of medicines. This can be issued to you monthly by any local pharmacy you have chosen. If you join Repeat Dispensing you will not need to request your regular medication each month from your surgery. Instead your prescription would be delivered by your pharmacy or you may collect your medicines when you need them. The pharmacist may ask you some questions about your health and medicines each time you collect your medicines, this is to ensure that you are not having any problems.

Repeat Prescribing is an efficient way to get your repeat prescriptions. If you get the same medicines regularly and you would like to collect your repeat prescriptions direct from your pharmacy sign up for the scheme. When you sign up for the scheme you will be given leaflets about the scheme and forms that you need to keep safe.

PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION

All medication is reviewed regularly by a doctor. At times you may be asked to attend the surgery for an appointment to review your medication. Due to the high volume of requests received by the practice each day please ensure you allow two full working days before collecting the prescription.

The schedule for ordering and collection is therefore:-

Day Ordered:

Ready For Collection:

Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Thursday

Wednesday

Friday

Thursday

Monday

Friday

Tuesday

CONTROLLED DRUGS / OPIOIDS

We at Park Medical Practice take patient safety very seriously. We follow the latest advances in medical research and continually update and review our clinical practice to ensure patient care is of the highest standard. Recent research has highlighted a significant risk to patient safety around the use of opioid type painkillers for chronic pain. 

We know that these drugs are helpful in pain of recent onset for example a broken bone and they are also effective in patients with cancer related pain.

However, recent medical evidence questions the benefit of opioid type painkillers for chronic pain. Strange as it might sound – we don’t think they are very good at killing pain at all when taken for more than a few months. 

If our records suggest that you are being prescribed opioids for chronic pain, because we don't want to put our patients at risk, we will invite you to book an appointment with your assigned clinician to discuss before your next prescription is due and we will work together towards a safer, more effective treatment plan by utilising the current research and new methods of managing chronic pain with less emphasis on drug therapy. 

SELF - TREATABLE CONDITIONS

In the UK around 16 appointments per GP per day are made by patients for conditions that are self treatable.

Local GP practices are supporting the need to review all NHS spending to ensure it is giving value for money for all patients. This means that clinicians are working hard to direct NHS funds towards those medicines that make a real difference to patient’s lives, for example, those suffering disability, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a wide range of other illnesses. Therefore we may ask you to treat minor ailments with easily purchased over-the-counter products, many of which can be bought cheaply under their generic name rather than paying for a branded version.

The community of pharmacies in Preston will treat minor ailments and supply medicines according to the Greater Preston CCG minor ailments local formulary. Please read our MINOR AILMENTS INFORMATION SHEET for further guidance.

Many minor ailments can be treated at home with the help of the Minor Ailments Scheme operated by the pharmacists in the Preston locality. Medicines will be supplied free for patient exempt from prescription charges.

Please support your NHS by asking your local pharmacist (chemist) for advice on the following Minor Ailments:

Pain Relief

Colds & Flu

Fever

Sore Throat

Dry Cough

Productive Cough

Dry Skin

Nasal Congestion

Indigestion

Heart-Burn

Tummy Upset

Allergies

Hay Fever

Bites & Stings

Constipation

Diarrhoea

Nappy Rash

Conjunctivitis

Eczema

Athletes Foot

Oral Cold Sores

Teething

Mouth Ulcers

Threadworms

Warts & Verrucae

Vaginal Thrush (Adults)

Cystitis

 

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

If you feel you may be exempt from paying for prescriptions either because you are pregnant, have chronic disease or undergoing cancer treatement, please see reception to complete a form.

Alternatively, ask your Midwife to complete the form online by clicking on the link Apply for Maternity Exemption

 

NHS CHARGES

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

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

Please click here for further information about prescription exemptions.