From April 2019 Gabapentin and Pregabalin will be reclassified as controlled drugs in the UK, as a result there will be changes to how prescriptions are issued and collected from the surgery.
What this change means for you:
- Your prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin can no longer be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy. This change will not affect how we send prescriptions for your other medications.
- If you currently have your medication on repeat dispensing batches, Gabapentin and Pregabalin can no longer be issued in this way and you or your pharmacy will need to request this item every month.
- You or your representative (including pharmacies) will need to collect the prescription for from the surgery.
- A form of ID (ideally photographic) will need to be provided when collecting your prescription.
If you order your prescriptions directly through the surgery and would like your pharmacy to collect your prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin please ensure you let them know each month as they will not be automatically informed that there is a controlled drug prescription for collection.
If your pharmacy normally orders prescriptions on your behalf please speak with them to clarify what they would like you to do.
If you have any questions regarding this change please feel free to contact us or speak to your community pharmacist.For further information regarding this change in legislation please visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pregabalin-and-gabapentin-to-be-controlled-as-class-c-drugs
Some of our patients are issued repeat prescriptions, which allow them to receive medication for a limited period of time without needing to have an appointment with the doctor.
The repeat prescription system is computerised and re-ordering is a simple matter. Attached to each prescription is a tear-off slip containing a complete list of your particular medication. Keep this and, when you wish to re-order, tick ALL the items you require in the next 28 days. Please bring the slip to the medical centre and allow two working days (48 hours) for the repeat prescription to be prepared. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you wish the prescription to be sent to you. We do not take requests over the phone or via email as mistakes can occur. You can, however, order directly online. See the details below.
We are a pilot site for repeat dispensing (several months' supply of prescriptions being issued at once). Not everyone will be suitable for this service. However, if you require any further information, please ask at the desk.
We do not take requests over the telephone as mistakes can often occur.
Please allow 2 working days (48 hours) for the repeat prescription to be prepared.
Electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions
Our practice is collaborating with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) who is providing NHS numbers for those patients that maybe suitable for electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The information is obtained from NHS prescriptions submitted to the NHSBSA. A member of our clinical team will contact these patients soon to explain the benefits of this service.
We now offer the facility to book your appointments, order your repeat prescriptions, change your personal details, and view your medical summary, medications, allergies and any adverse reactions.
To use this method we must first issue you with a password.
Please call the surgery or enquire at the reception desk for details, or click here to download instructions on how to register.
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