Repeat Prescriptions

A “repeat prescription” - a medication you can receive regularly without having to see your doctor every time you order it. Depending on how you request your medicines, the way that it works for you may be about to change.

The surgery will only accept repeat prescription requests from you or your carer. You can request your repeat prescription from the surgery in the following ways:

Medication should only be ordered when it is needed. Check how much medication you have left and only order a new prescription when you have between 5-7 days’ of medication remaining. You will need to allow 3 working days* for the prescription to be issued. You can let the practice know if there is a reason why you need to order your medication earlier than usual, for example, you will be away when your prescription runs out.


Medication Reviews

From time to time you may also find a message on your prescription prompting you to attend  for review. This is part of the Practice’s routine monitoring of all medications and you should make an appointment for review of your prescription with the practice pharmacist or a GP.

Sometimes your medication review will be done during a routine appointment for something else, so you may not require a separate appointment for it.

We may have to alter or discontinue your prescription if you do not attend for review.

Repeat Dispensing

Some of your medication may be eligible for repeat dispensing (eRD). This means the doctor may be able to give you up to six month's worth of your medication in one go.

You will not have to request your medication again until your last prescription is issued. Not all medication can be issued on repeat dispensing. You may want to discuss this with your doctor or inform a receptionist.

Watch the short video oppoiste for more information.

You can also download an information leaflet here.

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): £9.65
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £111.60
  • 3-month PPC: £31.25

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

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