Grove Medical CentreWootton GroveSherborneDorset, DT9 4DLTel: 01935 813438
The Newland Surgery has its own in-house dispensary. Currently patients who live over a mile away from a pharmacy (as the crow flies) qualify to have their prescriptions filled here.
ON REGULAR MEDICATION???
You will need a review at least annually. Please check with reception in advance of your birthday month about the annual tests and review appointment(s) that you will need to ensure your prescription is not delayed.
Patients can order repeat prescriptions by calling in at the surgery, on-line or by phoning the dispensary and speaking to the dispensary staff. The number to call is 01935 814486. Repeat prescription hours are Monday – Friday 08:30 – 11:00.
Please be aware that the Dispensary telephone lines are very busy and unfortunately we do not have the facility of an engaged tone, therefore it will keep ringing. Please be assured that we do have a dedicated member of staff answering the telephone between 08:30 and 11:00. If you can request your medication online we do advise this as it can be done day or night.
A request for a repeat prescription can also be made by post or fax using the request form attached to your prescription. This should be left in the repeat prescription box by the dispensary at the entrance to the surgery.
We are now using electronic prescribing. This means that your prescription (with the exception of controlled drugs such as tramadol, morphine or temazepam) can be sent to any chemist that accepts such prescriptions. This includes all the Sherborne, Yeovil and Milborne Port chemists.
Please note that in line with local policy we can only provide you with monthly prescriptions. If you are going to be away travelling, for example, for longer than 1 month and will require further medications please call the Dispensary between 8.30 and 11 to discuss your needs.
Please allow two working days for prescriptions to be ready. If you order your prescription over the weekend or a Bank Holiday please remember that it will take two working days from when the dispensary is next open before your medication will be ready.
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 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 12 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.
Waste of prescribed medication continues to cost the NHS millions every year and estimates suggest this could be in excess of £3 million in Dorset. In response, GPs and community pharmacies across North Dorset have joined together to launch a month long campaign to tackle the problem. Throughout October patients will be encouraged to return their unused or unwanted medications and to make sure that they are only ordering what they need.
One of the main concerns is that medicines on repeat prescription are sometimes no longer needed but continue to be ordered by the patient, or the carer on their behalf. These medicines are the target of this new campaign to save money and improve local healthcare. The key message is that medicines waste is everyones responsibility - if you are aware it's happening, make sure it stops! The campaign will also remind patients of the importance of having a regular medicine use review with their pharmacist or prescribing Doctor to discuss any issues relating to their medication(s).
Many people are unaware that once medications have been prescribed and have left the pharmacy premises they cannot be recycled whether they have been used or not. By law, these must be disposed of in a controlled manner which in itself is an additional cost.
Another focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of having unused medicines lyng around the home. This may be a significant danger, particularly if there are young children present.
Dr Simone Yule, Lead GP for North Dorset, said: "We are constantly looking at ways to deliver better and more effective patient care, making the best use of NHS resources. We want to ensure that our patients are gettng the most out of their prescribed medicines, and are using them safely. If patients have unwanted medicines at home, or have any concerns about their medication they should discuss with their Doctor or Pharmacist. Wasted medicines means wasted money. Medication can't be used again and if we can reduce waste then we cuold reinvest in other areas of healthcare to benefit our local community. That is why we are asking patients to check their repeat prescriptions and to make sure that they only order what they need."
The idea for the campaign came frm members of the local Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), which work with GP practices to help improve health services in the area. As your GP practice for more information about your local PPG. These voluntary groups are open to any patient to join.
Posters and leaflets will be distributed to GP surgeries and Pharmacies. Anyone with unwanted medicines can return these to their local Pharmacy or Dispensing GP Practice for safe disposal.
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