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The Cottons Medical CentreMeadow LaneRaundsNorthants, NN9 6UATel: 01933 623327
As of the 14th September, all routine appointments will change to 'Book on the day only' Lines will open at 8am and once all the appointments are gone, you will need to call back at 8am the following day. The Cottons is changing to try and meet the ever changing demand in general practice. We appreciate your understanding with this change will do our best to change with the least disruption. Many thanks, Stay Safe.
The practice will be closed from 12.30pm on the following dates for training purposes and will re-open on the next working day.
17th February 2021
17th March 2021
28th April 2021
5th May 2021
23rd June 2021
7th July 2021
18th August 2021
22nd September 2021
6th October 2021
3rd November 2021
1st December 2021
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.
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 through Patient Access or the NHS app. You can also order your repeat prescription via our website. 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.
We are now using Electronic Prescribing in the practice. More information on this service can be accessed through the website below:
EPS - patient leaflet
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 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange collection.
Paper prescription forms are changing. The updated FP10 forms include a new exemption box U for patients who are in receipt of Universal Credit and meet the criteria for free help with health costs. Exemption box G ‘has a War Pension exemption certificate’ has been re-worded to better represent the exemption certificates by Veterans UK and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Age exemption boxes A (“is under 16 years of age”) and C (“is 60 years of age or over”)have been combined into one single exemption category, A “is 60 years of age or over or is under 16 years of age”. For more information visit:
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
From 1 April 2019, the charges are:
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. The charge for a single prescription item is £9.15, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.65 and a 12 month PPC £105.90.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please allow 7 working days, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
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:
Self Care Chart