Repeat prescriptions are recorded on our clinical IT system and can be re-ordered as required. We do request that we are given a minimum of two full working days notice when ordering repeat prescriptions so that medication can be safely dispensed. In accordance with NHS guidance repeat prescriptions are, in general, issued as a one month supply. Repeat prescriptions can be ordered in the following ways:
- Phoning the dispensary and leaving a message on the answerphone.
- Ticking the medication you require on the repeat medication list which you get each time you order medication, and leaving this in at the dispensary.
- Ordering online. To do so you will require a username and password. The reception staff will be pleased to help you set this up if you liaise with them.
All repeat prescribing is coordinated at Ancaster dispensary. For Caythorpe based patients, the medication is then delivered to Caythorpe each day.
As a service to patients, we provide a delivery service to those patients who are unable to collect medication from the practice. To enable us to work as efficiently as possible the practice is divided into a number of different routes which are colour coded. If you wish to have medication delivered, then please contact our dispensary manager so that the necessary arrangements can be put in place. Please see the section on "Delivery service" for further information.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Travelling abroad / holidays - Advice & FAQs
If you need regular medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP can prescribe a maximum supply of three months.
If you are taking a course of medication that will finish during your holiday, then get advice from your GP. They may be able to give you a repeat prescription.
However, this will depend on, for example:
- how long your GP thinks you’ll continue to need your medication
- how often your treatment needs to be reviewed
Will my GP prescribe medication in case I am ill when away?
Talk to your GP about this. They will only give you an NHS prescription if they think that you need the medication. They don’t have to give you an NHS prescription just because you think you should have the medication.
Some GPs will provide private prescriptions if they agree that you should take medication in case you’re ill while you’re away. You will have to pay for a private prescription.
Travel abroad for more than three months
If you are going abroad for more than three months, your GP may prescribe medication to last until you can make arrangements to get it at your destination. This might be by:
- registering with a doctor in the country you’re visiting
- buying the medication from a pharmacist while you’re away
If you’re travelling outside the EU, before you go, check with your GP whether you can get your medication in the countries you’re travelling to. You can also contact each country's embassy or high commission for advice.
Check what medication you can take
Before you travel find out if there are any restrictions on taking your medicine in and out of:
- the UK
- the country you are visiting
Some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be controlled in other countries. For more information, see the following link to the NHS website... Find out more
When you return
If you are given any medication while you are away, try to find out if it’s legal to bring it back into the UK. If you are in any doubt, declare it at customs when you come back