The Harlequin Surgery, 160 Shard End Crescent, Shard End, Birmingham, B34 7BPTel: 0121 747 8291
If you request for your prescription to be collected by the chemist, you must arrange this with the chemist.
We do not arrange this for you.
If you take regular medication you will be issued with a repeat prescription form. This form may be brought or posted (with a stamped addressed envelope) to the surgery.
We accept prescription requests online via the form on this website.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be issued.
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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 2009, 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 £7.20, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £28.25 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Even if you never open them, once you leave a pharmacy your medicines cannot be recycled or used by anyone else. This means that any you return are destroyed.
Before heading to the pharmacy, take a look in your medicine cabinet to see what you actually need. You may have ordered extra of a repeat prescription last time you went and forgot.
Please click here see how much money could be saved if patients DO NOT over order prescriptions.
From 1st July 2019 pharmacies will no longer be able to order prescriptions on behalf of patients at this practice. If this change affects you please make arrangements to order your own prescriptions directly from the surgery. You or your carer can request your repeat prescription from the surgery in the following ways:
· On-line - the surgery offers on-line prescription ordering and appointment booking. Please ask reception for further details.
· By dropping your request in the prescription box at the surgery.
· By post.
Why is this happening?
Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in England at least £300 million per year.
Did you know that £300 million could help pay for:
· 80,906 MORE hip replacements*
· 101,351 MORE knee replacements*
· 19,799 MORE drug treatment courses for breast cancer*
· 11,778 MORE community nurses*
· 300,000 MORE drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's*
*based on average costs
Most patients are able to take responsibility for ordering their own repeat prescriptions. This is safer, and evidence from other areas in the country shows that it may reduce medicines waste.
Only you (or your carer) know what medicines you have already. When ordering repeat prescriptions please check what you have at home and avoid stockpiling medication. You will need to allow at least 48 hours for the prescription to be processed (excluding weekends).
NOTE – If you request your prescription on a Friday afternoon, or at the weekend, your prescription may not be available until the following Wednesday.
What is not changing?
Pharmacy prescription collection and delivery schemes will not be affected by this change. If you have signed up to have your prescription sent electronically to the pharmacy, this will also not change.
How do I find out more?
Please ask for a letter at reception.
If you feel you might need support ordering your repeat prescription, or you know someone who might need help, please contact the surgery.
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