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Patient Information Leaflet - Urgent Care Clinic
The regulations for prescribing this medication is changing from April 1st 2019. To understand how this may affect you, please see the Patient information Leaflet below.
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET Changes to regulations for prescribing Gabapentin and Pregabalin
If you wish to collect your prescription from our Blean Surgery please indicate on the 'collect from' drop down box on the request page.
Patients on regular medication will require repeat prescriptions and, for a safer and speedier service, repeat prescriptions are now computerised. Your Doctor will have entered onto the computer what medication you are taking and, each time a new prescription is written by the computer, a new request form is also generated for you to make your next request.
Each request for a prescription must be done individually, therefore, if doing a second patient prescription then remember to send your first request before doing the second otherwise we will not receive it.
Please be aware that if you remove your temporary internet files from your PC, then your saved prescription details will be lost. A new system set up allows you to create a prescription account with us. In this way, you log on and your prescription details will always be saved and deleting your temporary internet files will have no effect. We hope this helps.
Requests for repeat prescriptions are not taken over the telephone, as errors can occur in verbal communication.
Once you sent your online request, If you do not receive a system generated confirmation email after 1 hour then please resend your request. The confirmation email ensures you that we have received your request. You will not receive this email if you dont supply an email address although your request will get to us.
If you would like any technical help with doing online prescriptions or would like to check if we have received your request, please call us and ask to speak to Michael who will be happy to assist you.
Prescription Charges People in the following categories are automatically exempt from the prescription charges: Children under 16, under 19 and in full-time education, and all patients over 60 years and others. Please ask your pharmacist for details. It is sometimes worthwhile to buy a ‘season ticket’ for prepayment of these charges. These are available annually or for four months.
Dispensing The Practice has facilities for the dispensing of prescriptions to residents of Blean and Rough Common at the Blean Surgery only. If you are a resident of Rough Common then you will have to complete an 'application despensing of medicines on grounds of serious difficulty' form and have it approved before we can dispense your medicine. This is necessary because there is a dispensary in Giles Lane on the University Estate.
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
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery on 01227 208556.
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