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The surgery will be shut between 12.00 - 5.00pm for training purposes on:

Tuesday 21/05/2019

For further advise on what to do when we are closed click here.


Econsult is now live, please click here if you would like an online consultation.


Always running out of regular medications?

Please keep a stock and order further supplies via EMIS patient access in good time.

If you are collecting from the surgery, please allow 2 working days, for your request to be processed. If you have requested that your prescription be sent to a Pharmacy please allow 3-4 workings before collecting from your Pharmacy.

It is your responsibility to order more medication in good time;

If you run out, we cannot release the duty doctor from more urgent tasks; please understand that for most long term medications, it is safe to leave them off for 48 hours.  Our receptionists will only accept emergency scripts for medication that is dangerous to suddenly stop.   

Do not ring our reception to check where your prescription is; you can check the progress of any script requested using the EMIS patient access.  The system automatically updates once your script is issued.

PLEASE NOTE YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THIS SERVICE UNTIL YOU HAVE OBTAINED YOUR LOG IN DETAILS FROM THE SURGERY

 To Register please come into surgery for your log in details. Once you have acquired these then please click this link for Patient Access  https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/

 

Gabapentin/Pregablin prescribing changes

Following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). Pregabalin and Gabapentin will, from April 2019, be classified as Class C of the 1971 Act and placed under schedule 3 to the 2011 regulations, applying the provisions of the 1973 Regulations. 

This means the drugs cannot be supplied via repeat dispensing and prescriptions will only be valid for 28 days from the appropriate prescription date. In addition they will not be available to supply via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and they will require full prescription writing requirements in line with other Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs.

These changes are due to come into force in April 2019 and are being implemented by surgeries as early as February 2019.

To see the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) advice and addendum posted on the Gov.Uk website, click here.

Or if you have any queries please ask to speak our Medicines Manager or our clinic Pharmacist. 


Self Limiting Conditions 

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;

  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation.

Please click here for our local CCGs policy and to see which medications our GP's are no longer able to prescribe. 

Previously parents have been advised by schools that their child's over-the-counter medicine cannot be given without authorisation of Dr, this however is not true, please click here for our local CCG guidance for early years providers and school. 


Other prescribiing limitations

Our surgery follows strict prescribing guidelines as supported by our CCG, in our guidelines other items we can not prescribe are:

  • Hayfever medication (only in exceptional circumstances)
  • Sunscreen (only in exception circumstances)
  • Zopiclone
  • Diazepam
  • Temazepam
  • Gluten Free Products 
  • Over the counter medications requested for short term acute illnesses, such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen. 

 
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