Prescriptions

 


For regular medication, repeat prescriptions can be agreed with your doctor. Please hand in requests at reception, order by fax or send with an Self Addressed Envelope.

Please try to use the tear-off (right hand side) of your previous prescription rather that writing the request yourself, as this makes it much easier to avoid mistakes.

Repeat prescriptions can NOT be taken over the telephone except those requested from the district nurse for dressings. Your name and address will be checked when collecting the prescription from reception.

 If you are requested by the doctor to make an appointment this is usually to check your medication and your state of health. Please do not ignore such requests.

 In the interests of safety we regret we are unable to accept telephone requests.
 We can accept
•    Fax  0161 203 5511
•    Via the internet, this requires registration in writing from reception, ask at reception (or see our on line services information page).

Patients are requested to buy simple remedies, e.g. paracetamol, cough linctuses etc, from their local chemist to avoid unnecessary appointments. Patients can also use the minor ailment scheme for paracetamol etc

We have published protocols for the prescription of strong painkillers and tranquiliser type drugs. These are necessary to avoid any misunderstandings over what we will do when faced with a (usually new) request for these potentially dangerous and addictive drugs. They are reproduced below, if you have any concerns about these please approach the practice manager.

 

Claiming Free Prescriptions?
If you claim free NHS Prescriptions that you're not entitled to, you could be facing a penalty charge of up to £100 - as well as the original prescription charge.
If you're not sure whether you qualify, please pay for your prescriptions and ask for an NHS receipt - you may be able to claim a refund later.
If you're sure that the NHS covers the cost of your prescriptions, please show the evidence of your entitlement to the pharmacy or practice staff before signing the patient declaration.

For information on NHS Help With Health Costs - You can either visit the NHS Choices website HERE or you can pick up a leaflet from the Practice or download the leafet HERE


Tranqulliser Protocol

THE COLLEGIATE MEDICAL CENTRE’S PRACTICE POLICY IS NOT TO PRESCRIBE BENZODIAZEPINES OR ZOPICLONE (TABLETS LIKE DIAZEPAM AND TEMAZEPAM) TO NEW PATIENTS UNDER 50 YEARS OLD, AS THEY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH MANY PROBLEMS

For new patients over 50 years old, we will need confirmation from your previous doctor of your prescription.  We will try to obtain this on the same day, but if we cannot contact your previous doctor, we will not prescribe until we have done so.  If confirmation is obtained, we will prescribe them to you on a reducing basis, over a period of time.  (You may produce dated repeat prescription sheets as proof).

Please keep your booked review appointment and try to see the same doctor each time you attend.  WE WILL NOT PRESCRIBE BENZODIAZEPINES AS AN EMERGENCY

Painkiller Protocol

In the interest of patient and public safety, we are unable to prescribe painkillers to NEW PATIENTS without evidence that they are on regular prescriptions