Advice for Patients who require Medication, who are on Regular Medications or Need Repeat Prescriptions
Wembury Surgery is a Dispensing Surgery. This means most patients are able to collect their medication direct from the Surgery Dispensary.
There are some patients we are not allowed to dispense to (these are patients who live within a mile of a Community Pharmacy). The Reception or Dispensary Staff can tell you if you are a dispensing patient.
Routine Repeat Prescriptions are available 2 working days from when you request them providing the request has been made before 1300. Please note we are not able to take verbal or phone requests.
Repeat medications for ALL patients are issued on a calendar MONTHLY basis in line with NHS England guidance. The only exceptions to this are contraceptives and some types of hormone replacement therapy. This may be different to what you have experienced previously but on the basis of guidelines, equity and minimising wastage, this is our Practice Policy.
If you pay for prescriptions, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate. There are 2 PPC options to choose from:
- a 3-month PPC should save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months
- a 12-month PPC should save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year
If there is an exceptional reason e.g. a long holiday, where you need more than a month’s prescription, please discuss this with dispensary staff in plenty of time (to ensure all your drug reviews are up to date) and due consideration will be given. Please note the MAXIMUM prescription length available on the NHS is 3 months. Private prescriptions may be available beyond this but has to be assessed by the registered GP on a case by case basis. Please note you must be “normally resident” in the UK to be eligible for NHS prescriptions and remain registered at the Practice.