Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

There are a number of ways to order your repeat prescription:

1. Put your request into the repeat prescribing letter box at reception

Tick the items you require from the green slip on the reverse side of your prescription and pop it in the slot on the front desk.
If you are requesting an item that is not on repeat then you need to fill in a white form on the front desk.

2. By post

Please provide a stamped address envelope if you require return by post.

3. Ordering online

Patients' can order their repeat medication online. To use the system patients first have to request a username and password at the reception front desk (identification will be required). Once you have registered you can login via the link at the top of this page.

4. By email

You can order your repeat medication by emailing us at scartho.prescriptions@nhs.net

Collections

Once ordered, your prescription will be ready for collection afer two working days.  

Please note that if your prescription is needed over the weekend it must be ordered by Wednesday morning at the latest. If you are going on holiday and need to order your items early please state this on your prescription request.

Collection From a Pharmacy

Patients should be aware that most pharmacies can now arrange for prescriptions to be collected from the practice on their behalf. To arrange this please contact your own pharmacist directly. Please note that pharmacies may take longer than 2 working days to dispense your medication, therefore please speak to your nominated pharmacy directly regarding their timeframes. 

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.

Travelling Abroad

Regarding requests for General Practitioners to prescribe medications for travel abroad:

  • Under NHS regulations, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the UK.
  • For NHS patients travelling for three months or less, medication required for a pre-existing condition should be provided in sufficient quantity to cover the journey and to allow the patient to obtain medical attention abroad. The General Practitioners Committee Guidance on Prescribing in General Practice 2013 states that the NHS accepts responsibility for supplying on-going medication for temporary periods abroad of up to 3 months.
  • For longer visits abroad (in excess of three months), the patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication; this may need to be paid for by the patient. If a person is going to be abroad for more than three months then all that the patient is entitled to at NHS expense is a sufficient supply of his/her regular medication to get to the destination and find an alternative supply of that medication.
  • Anyone staying outside of their home country for longer than three months should register with a doctor in the country they are visiting for the purpose of receiving further prescriptions.
  • Patients who are carrying certain controlled drugs abroad may require a personal export or import licence or a letter from the prescribing doctor.
  • GPs are not required to provide prescriptions for medication which is requested solely in anticipation of the onset of an ailment whilst outside the UK, but for which treatment is not required at the time of prescribing.

In summary, General Practitioners may prescribe up to 3 months of medication for your travel abroad. However, if you will be abroad for longer than 3 months you will need to make alternative arrangements with the country/countries in which you will be staying.