Repeat prescriptions

If you need to take medication on a regular basis your doctor may decide to issue you with repeat prescriptions which will remove the necessity for you to be seen every time you need a fresh supply of medicines. All repeat prescriptions are produced on the practice computer system and you will be given a repeat slip listing the medication that you can order without seeing the doctor.


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Other ways to order your prescriptions

  1. In person: tear off your repeat order form or ask for a form at reception.
  2. By post: requests may be made by letter enclosing a stamped addressed envelope. If posting please remember to give at least one weeks notice for a first class stamp and longer if using second class. Our address can be found here.
  3. By fax: Our fax number is 0207 708 3077. Remember to write your name, address and medication requested in full.
  4. At the chemist: Arrange with a local chemist to request & collect your prescriptions. See collection points section below

For house-bound patients only repeat prescriptions can be requested by telephone. Please call 0207 703 7393 during our opening hours - preferably after 10am.

When will my prescription be ready?

Please allow two working days for collecting repeat prescriptions and five working days by post, if you provided a self-addressed envelope:

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To avoid any last minute rushing please request repeat prescriptions well in advance of public holidays or if you are going away. We often get asked to turn requests around in less than the 48 hour turn around time which is not straight-forward to do.   

For those that request their prescription be sent to a local pharmacy then the time will be dependant on that pharmacy. Please contact the relevant pharmacy for an indication of the timescale.

Collection Points

Patients can either collect their prescription from the surgery or a chemist of their choice.

In order for prescriptions to be collected from a chemist, patients need to register at their chemist of choice for the 'Prescription Collection Service'. Once the Chemist has agreed to collection on your behalf, Patients then need to instruct the Practice which must be in writing - forms are available from most chemists.

Electronic Prescriptions Service

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from. Find out how this could save you time by downloading our leaflet.

Good Medication Management is Important

Please preempt ordering prescriptions to avoid medication running out.

If you are given 56 days of tablets and you have 7 days left, order your new prescription. In the case of any emergency your regular pharmacist will give you a couple of tablets until you get your new prescription.

It is good practice that repeat medication is regularly reviewed so that you get optimum care. Please make note of the review date and make an appointment to see the doctor.

If you are going on holiday you should take a list of your medication with you. In case you have a problem ENSURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH MEDICATION TO COVER YOUR HOLIDAY. SOME COUNTRIES ALSO NEED A DOCTOR's LETTER TO EXPLAIN THE MEDICATION. Check with your travel agent.

If you have elderly relatives ensure that they have an adequate supply of their medication. Dossette boxes/blister packs can be arranged if they have a large amount of medication to take.

Useful Information

Each drug has two names - the generic and the brand name. Where possible we use the generic name because this is usually much cheaper for the health service. Due to this, you may notice a change in colour, shape or size of your drug. Do not be concerned by this, you are still receiving the same drug of the same quality, it is only the appearance that has altered.

Please book your medications review appointment at least 10 days before your medication runs out.

Free Prescriptions

Medicines are free to: pensioners, children under 16, people under 19 years old and in full time education, pregnant or nursing mothers, and people suffering from one of a number of specified individual conditions, people on income support or family credit.

Did You Know?

If you don't pay prescription charges you can get medicines free from your local pharmacy without needing to visit your GP. The scheme is called 'Pharmacy First', find out more here.