Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

If you require repeat medication, please use your repeat prescription slip, which can be left in the repeat box by reception, posted or faxed to the surgery or order online via the link at the top of this page or the NHS App

Telephone requests for repeat prescriptions are not accepted. If you require your prescription to be posted, please include a stamped addressed envelope. 

Please order repeat prescriptions 7 days before you run out.

Prescribing Policy

When prescribing medicines to you, we are committed to quality and cost effectiveness.  We will try to optimise your individual treatment, balancing this against the need to spread fairly the NHS cash limited resources.  We operate a 28-day dispensing policy in accordance with national guidelines.

You can help us to help you by being careful to take your medication as directed and by reading any patient advice leaflet that is often enclosed with your medicine and reporting back any side-effects as necessary.

Patient Sharps Boxes

Please note that with immediate effect we are unable to accept sharps boxes from patients for hazardous waste disposal.  You should contact East Northamptonshire Council (Tel: 01832 742026 or Email: waste@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk) to arrange collection.

Over The Counter Medicines

Changes to prescriptions for minor health conditions

Following an extensive public consultation exercise by NHS England, medicines which are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket (over-the-counter) will no longer be routinely prescribed for minor illnesses.

You can buy over-the-counter medicines (OTC) for any of these conditions:

For information on how these conditions are treated, look up your condition here.

Why is it changing?

The NHS has been spending around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought over-the-counter, such as paracetamol and medicines to treat hay fever. By reducing the amount it spends on OTC medicines, the NHS can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.

How your local pharmacy team can help you?

Pharmacists can give clinical advice and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. If your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

What if my symptoms don’t improve?

Your local pharmacy team can tell you how long to expect the symptoms of your condition to last. If they haven’t improved after this time or you start to feel a lot worse, you should:

  • Go back to the pharmacy for further advice
  • Call NHS 111
  • Contact your GPMore information on self-care is available on NHS Nene CCG’s website.