PRESCRIBING OF OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES IS CHANGING!
Your GP won't usually prescribe medicines that can be bought over-the counter for minor health concerns. You can always get the advice and medicines you need from your local pharmacy without an appointment, saving you time and helping to free up GP appointments for those who need them.
To find out more, visit www.prescriptionchanges.co.uk
As from 1st August 2019 Oswald Road Surgery will no longer be accepting prescription requests by telephone.
This is for patient safety.
Prescriptions can be ordered online, via any pharmacy or via request box in the surgery.
If you would like your pharmacy to order your medication please speak directly with them.
Patients on regular medication do not always need to see the Doctor. If your Doctor agrees, you may obtain a repeat prescription. This can be done in the following ways:
- Contacting the pharmacy to order and collect your prescriptions for you via EPS (see below)
- By completing the attached part of your prescription, ticking boxes for items required/completing prescription request slip available at the Surgery.
- By posting your prescription request to us. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you require your prescription to be posted back to you.
- You can also obtain repeat prescriptions online by clicking on the following link:
To Log in to your Online Account click here
PLEASE NOTE: WE REQUIRE 48 HOURS' NOTICE TO SAFELY ISSUE YOUR PRESCRIPTION REQUEST.
The practice has an agreement in place with the Medicines Optimisation Team via North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) that NECS employed pharmacists or technicians may access the records of patients for the purpose of optimising medication.
NHS England Launches Free Prescription Eligibility Campaign
NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority have launched a nationwide campaign to help people understand their eligibility for free prescriptions. ‘Check Before You Tick’ encourages people to use a new online tool to check their eligibility before claiming, with the aim of reducing the £256 million cost per year to the NHS when people incorrectly claim free prescriptions.
Are you aware that some pharmacies will deliver your medication for you?
Please contact your pharmacy for details.
Lloyds Pharmacy Oswald Road: 01724 843398
Lloyds Pharmacy, Orchid Rise: 01724 281494
Garners Pharmacy, Frodingham Road: 01724 276156
Boots Scunthorpe: 01724 864285
Co-op Pharmacy: 01724 865342
Other pharmacies may also provide this service.
Your Prescription Information
Click here to download the privacy notice on how your prescription information is handled.
EPS - Electronic Prescribing
Oswald Road is using Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
The Electronic Prescription Service allows your prescription to be sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice.
To sign up, you need to speak to your preferred pharmacy and complete a form to confirm that they can receive your prescription directly.
Once you have signed up, your chosen pharmacy will receive your prescription electronically and you will not have to pick up your paper prescription from us.
If you have already nominated a pharmacy, your prescription will be sent to them electronically unless you tell us otherwise.
If you need to obtain a paper prescription for any reason, just let us know at the time of ordering.
This service is optional and you can continue to collect paper prescriptions as you do now if you prefer.
For more information, please speak to your pharmacist.
Prescribing Policy For Patients Travelling Abroad
This policy outlines the procedure for patients travelling abroad for short and long periods of time.
By law, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for the medical care of patients when they leave the UK. In addition GPs are not required by their terms of service to provide prescriptions for the treatment of a condition that is not present and may arise while the patient is abroad.
The NHS does accept responsibility for supplying ongoing medication for temporary periods abroad of up to 3 months. However, if a person is going to be abroad for more than 3 months, then they are only entitled (at NHS expense) to a sufficient supply of regular medication in order to get to their destination, where they should the find an alternative supply of that medication.
Patients residing abroad for a period of more than 3 months should be removed from the registered patient list.
Travelling out of the country for less than 3 months
For patients who inform us they will be out of the country for less than 3 months, we will provide sufficient medicines for an existing condition (e.g. asthma, diabetes…) for the period while the patient is away where it is safe to do so. Drugs that require frequent monitoring may not be prescribed where there are safety concerns. 1 months’ supply only will be issued for drugs normally available over the counter, such as paracetamol.
Travelling out of the country for more than 3 months
Patients who inform us they will be leaving the country for more than 3 months will be prescribed sufficient medication to enable them to make alternative arrangements at their destination (up to 3 months’ supply where safe to do so).
They will also be removed from our patient list. We will be pleased to re-register patients on their return to residence in the UK and can reassure patient that their electronic notes are kept on file for reference on your return.
Patients and relatives should not seek medication for themselves while they are abroad as this constitutes NHS fraud.
Prescriptions for medicines in case of illness while abroad.
GP’s will only prescribe NHS prescriptions in this case for exacerbations of pre-existing illnesses. E.g. antibiotics for patients who have frequent infections secondary to an underlying lung condition.
GPs may provide private prescriptions if it is clinically appropriate and they can be self-administered safely without medical assessment while abroad. These prescriptions are not free.
Patients should be aware that some drugs commonly prescribed in the UK may be illegal in certain countries and you should check with that countries embassy before you travel.
See NHS facts of travel abroad