If you take certain medication on a regular basis, your doctor may authorise you to obtain repeat prescriptions from the surgery. Prescriptions are issued on the practice computer - this allows both us and you to have a record of all prescription items. Your prescriptions come with a tear-off section, which becomes the 'prescription request form'. This lists the names and doses of your medicines. Tick those medicines which you require and hand in or post the request to us.
Please register to be able to request your repeat medication on line, ask at reception or at the dispensary at Speldhurst. Access to the dispensary via email will be withdrawn during 2018. Online registration will also allow you to see other aspects of your medical history such as immunisations and allergies.
Please give 48 hours' notice if at all possible to allow requests to be processed and monitored. If you post the prescription request form with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, the prescription will be posted back to you. Repeat prescriptions will generally be provided for one month at a time and issued for between three and six months before you are asked to see your doctor to re-authorise further supplies. Please make an appointment in good time so that you can be reviewed by your usual doctor. It may be possible to arrange for your prescriptions to be collected from the surgery by one of the local chemists, some of whom will also be able to deliver your medicines to you. Ask the reception staff for more details.
Some of the local pharmacists are also able to offer a service whereby they manage the repeat medication of patients whose medical condition is stable. Discuss with your doctor the possibility of being included in this scheme. It would entail your seeing a doctor or nurse for six monthly check-ups/tests.
In order to avoid potentially dangerous errors we regret that we cannot take repeat prescriptions over the telephone. Written requests are accepted by post, email, fax or by dropping them into the surgery.
At Speldhurst we have a dispensary for those patients who live more than a mile from a chemist. The dispensary is open from 8.30am to 12.30pm and 2.45 to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.