What is repeat prescribing?

It may be necessary to give you medication for a long time. This might even be for the rest of your life. We do this using repeat prescribing. The doctor approves the medication for a fixed time or a fixed number of requests. This means you don’t have to see the doctor every time you need more.

Medication reviews

Patients on repeat medication need to visit the practice at least once a year for a review. We will let you know when you review is due. Please book your review when it is due. This avoids any delays to further prescriptions.

Ordering repeat prescriptions

The easiest ways to order repeat prescriptions are:

The prescription telephone ordering facility is closed during the afternoon but you can still put your request through to the NHS App or repeat prescriptions request form

Prescription processing times


Prescriptions are only processed from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Prescriptions requested before 12.00pm will be ready after 5.00pm the same day.

Prescriptions requested after 12.00pm will be ready after 5.00pm the next working day. Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays are not working days.

Nominating a pharmacy

You can nominate a pharmacy where you want us to send your prescriptions electronically. This means you do not have to visit the practice to collect a paper prescription.

You can select or change your nominated pharmacy in the following ways.

Questions about your prescription

If you have questions about your medicine, your local pharmacists can answer these. They can also answer questions on medicines you can buy without a prescription.

The NHS website has information on how your medicine works, how and when to take it, possible side effects and answers to your common questions.

If you would like to speak to someone at the GP surgery about your prescription:

Medication reviews

If you have a repeat prescription, we may ask you to come in for a regular review. We will be in touch when you need to come in for a review.

Prescription charges

Find out more about prescription charges (

What to do with old medicines

Take it to the pharmacy you got it from or bring it in to the surgery. Do not put it in your household bin or flush it down the toilet.

About pharmacists

As qualified healthcare professionals, pharmacists can offer advice on minor illnesses such as:

  • coughs
  • colds
  • sore throats
  • tummy trouble
  • aches and pains

They can also advise on medicine that you can buy without a prescription.

Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You do not need an appointment.

Most pharmacies have a private room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff.