Prescription Information for patients
From Monday 11th March 2019 Padgate Medical Centre in accordance with the NHS England national rollout will commence with submitting a prescription request for controlled drugs via our Electronic Prescribing System.
Important information for patients taking Gabapentin or Pregabalin
Gabapentin and Pregabalin will become controlled drugs from 1st April 2019
This means that the way in which we prescribe these medications for you has changed.
As part of these changes we will be required to restrict the number of days we prescribe to a maximum of 28 days.
If you currently have your prescriptions for Gabapentin or Pregabalin sent electronically to the pharmacy then they will continue to be sent electronically after 1st April 2019.
If you are not signed up to a pharmacy and you currently collect your Gabapentin or Pregabalin prescriptions (FP10) from the surgery you will be required to Sign for the collection of the prescription.
*In the case of a representative collecting a prescription then photographic ID for them and a signed consent form from the patient (available from the surgery) will be required.
In addition, please note that your prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin will only be valid for 28 days.
Repeat prescriptions require 48 hours to be processed.Theycan be ordered in several ways:
by ticking items required on the right-hand tear-off side of the computer prescription and leaving it at reception or through the letterbox if the surgery is closed
by sending the request by post and collecting the prescription from the surgery, or by sending a stamped addressed envelope with your request for posting back to you. Please remember this can take upto seven days for postal requests.
by sending your request to the surgery and then telephoning your local chemist to arrange for them to collect the prescription and deliver the medication, together with your repeat slip for next time.
by following the link on this page to the online service.
by fax your prescription request to us. Padgate 01925 820742 Woolston 01925 819369
Please allow 48 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays) before collecting the prescription.
You will be asked to see the doctor for a check-up and review of your medication from time to time.
All patients on Warfarin have to produce their yellow book before we can issue their prescription for Warfarin. This is following a government safety directive to ensure that patients are being monitored and receiving the appropriate medication. If you cannot produce your yellow book please speak to a receptionist for further instructions.
Please note if you order your prescription online on Friday afternoon or evening this will not be ready for collection until Wednesday morning. This also applies to to prescription requests submitted on Saturday's & Sunday's
Repeat prescription request require
48 hours notice
Order Monday before 2pm – Ready Wednesday after 2pm - Collect from pharmacy Thursday
Order Tuesday before 2pm – Ready Thursday after 2pm - Collect from pharmacy Friday
Order Wednesday before 2pm – Ready Friday after 2pm - Collect from pharmacy Monday
Order Thursday before 2pm – Ready Monday after 2pm - Collect from pharmacy Tuesday
Order Friday before 2pm – Ready Tuesday after 2pm - Collect from pharmacy Wednesday
Can we ask that patients do not leave urine/stool samples at Woolston Surgery please take to Padgate Medical Centre
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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
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.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
URGENT PRESCRIPTION REQUEST POLICY
We experience a large volume of requests for prescription every day. In order to safely and efficiently carry this out we would like to make a policy of issuing acute prescriptions.
Medications other than the ones in this list will not be routinely issued on an urgent basis. Requests for routine prescription renewal would require 48 hours for the script to be processed for collection.
List of medication that would be issued urgently:
Specific Drug Names and Indications
Anti - Epileptic Medication
ONLY FOR EPILEPSY
Not for pain management/ migraine etc.
Epilim/ Episenta/ Depakote/ Epival
Schizophrenia/ Bipolar/ Psychosis
Biquelle/ Seroquel/ Brancico/ Mintreleq/ Psyquet/ Atrolak
Long Term Steroids
For patients who take steroids EVERY day, long term
Glyceryl Trinitrate Spray
Nitrolingual/ GTN spray
Isodur/ Isotard/ Monomax/ Monomil XL
For cardiac arrhythmias only
Not for treatment of hypertension only
(Not propranolol for anxiety)
Half Securon/ Univer
Palliative Care Medications
- Water for Injection
Individual vials for subcutaneous administration by district nurses
FOR TYPE 1 DIABETICS ONLY
The Urgent Prescription Request Policy will be clearly displayed in reception and public areas so patients are made aware of what constitutes an urgent request and the process for doing so.
Patients who do not comply with the policy will on the first occasion receive a confirmation slip reminding them of the process and on any subsequent occasion will receive a letter from the Practice clearly stating the process and consequences of ignoring the policy.
Patients should be reminded that requests for routine prescriptions should be made in advance to avoid medication lapses. We will try to accommodate some requests on an individual basis after discussion with medical staff.
Formal written reminders of practice policy on routine prescription will be sent to patients where such requests are repetitive.
Prescribing Over the Counter is changing
Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it's more serious, they'll ensure you get the care you need.
Please help the NHS to use resources sensibly.
Warrington CCG recommends that the following types of medicines are suitable for patients to buy for themselves, rather than being prescribed by your GP practice. (In some situations it may be appropriate for your GP still to prescribe these, if there is a true clinical need).
Why this decision has been made?
For more information please contact the NHS choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
The medicines that patients are expected to buy are:
Gluton Free Resource Pack
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