WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO A 3 DAY TURNAROUND ON PRESCRIPTIONS.
To order a repeat prescription you can either order online (via the link at the top of this page), complete the paper repeat slip and post it in the box outside the dispensary, or post your repeat slip to us via Royal Mail.
You may also request repeat prescriptions in person at the dispensary.
We require at least 3 FULL WORKING DAYS to prepare your PAPER or electronic prescription. This excludes obtaining the supply of your medication and dispensing time which is subject to separate prescribing and safety standards.
These 3 FULL WORKING DAYS do however, not include bank holidays and weekends. For example, if you submit your prescription on a Monday before 4pm it should now be ready on a Thursday. If you submit it on a Friday evening it will not be collected until the Monday and therefore not ready until the Thursday.
You may no longer be able to request items which are not on your repeat list due to local health policy restrictions for items used occasionally and available to purchase over the counter at pharmacies, whether you are exempt or not from prescription charges.
We would also like to ask that you don’t come to collect your medication until we have advised you to do so. We don’t want you to make unnecessary trips if we can help it.
Thank you for your continued goodwill, support and patience.
We encourage patients to order their medication online. Please ask a member of staff how to register for SystmOnline.
Dispensary opening times: Monday to Friday 08.30 – 18:00.
Please note the Dispensary will be closed on the second Tuesday of each month from 12 noon - 4.30pm for training purposes.
The dispensary is very busy in the mornings so if you need to speak to a member of staff in the dispensary please call 01400 281220 (Option 2) any time after 10:00am.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner 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.
Electronic Prescribing Service
The Electronic Prescription Service is a free and easy secure service, which sends your prescription electronically from your doctor's surgery to your chosen pharmacy.
This means that for most patients we can send your prescription to your chosen chemist directly saving you having to come down to the surgery.
If you wish to sign up please speak to a member of the Dispensary team. Please note this service follows the same rules as dispensing guidelines for nominating commercial pharmacies as detailed below.
For more information please click here.
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
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
From 1st April 2023. Prescription changes will be:
- £9.65 per single item charge.
- 3-month pre-payment certificate £31.25
- 12-month pre-payment certificate £111.60
- NEW - HRT pre-payment certificate £19.30
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in a three month period or more than 12 items in a 12 month period, you may find it cheaper to buy a Pre-Payment Certificate (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.
Restrictions on third party ordering
Lincolnshire ICB approved changes to third party ordering for some patients, this is where community pharmacies are ordering repeats automatically on behalf of patients without necessarily checking with the patients that they need all the drugs on the repeat list. This has resulted in patients across the county accumulating large stockpiles of drugs, and in some incidences taking medication on a regular basis which is only required for occasional use.
In addition to these safety concerns, such prescribing is extremely wasteful. It has been estimated that nationally £90m worth of unused medicines are retained in patient's homes.
The ICB has asked for help by asking practices to no longer accept these repeat requests for the majority of patients, and instead for the patient/ carer to request the repeat order themselves, directly from the GP Practice
For further information please click on the link below:
Dispensing guidelines for nominating commercial pharmacies
Choosing the right service for you
Patients may be asked by pharmacies to sign up to their services. If you do it is important to understand the implications for dispensing patients – ie for patients receiving their medications from our dispensary.
Once you have signed up to any pharmacy service (community pharmacy or online pharmacy) you will not be able to change back to a GP dispensing doctors service without making an application to the ICB. The application to the ICB will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. So far ALL applications by patients to be returned to our GP dispensing service have been rejected.
If you currently use our dispensary DO NOT SIGN UP to any commercial pharmacy services unless you are sure you never wish to use our dispensary services again. The Government has determined that you will not be allowed to change your mind later.
We will happily provide services to all eligible patients, but choosing a commercial pharmacy service is sadly not something that we are able to revoke.