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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 for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
From 1 April 2018, the charges are:
You can only set up Direct Debit for a 12-month PPC.
If you have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
The charge for a single prescription item is £8.80, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
Set up Direct Debit for a 12-month PPC
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please note we require 2 working days from the time we receive your request to ensure it is ready for collection. Any requests after the cut off time (2pm) will not begin to be processed until the following working day.
Monday before 2pm
Wednesday after 2pm
Monday after 2pm
Thursday after 2pm
Tuesday before 2pm
Tuesday after 2pm
Friday after 2pm
Wednesday before 2pm
Thursday before 2pm
Friday before 2pm
We prefer not to accept prescription requests over the phone and there are two reasons for this. The first is because this method can lead to mistakes and the second is because we need to keep our telephone lines free for other patients who may need to seek advice.
Please help us by not engaging our telephone lines unnecessarily.
Please order you medication in good time. Do not leave things until the last minute – it creates unnecessary pressure on the surgery which makes our life difficult.
Ideally, you should order your medication 4 days BEFORE they are due to run out. The reason for this is to enable the doctors and staff to adequately monitor your prescription and make sure that you are not having inappropriate medication that may be harmful to your health in the long run.
We will always aim to have your prescription ready for collection 48 hours after ordering, but unfortunately, due to some circumstances, we may not always be able to guarantee this.
Same day prescription requests.
On occasions we all forget important things and your medication can be one of these.
If you need a same day prescription please order via the same methods on the tab marked Repeat Prescription Requests as above before 10.30 am and we will endeavour to get your request ready for after 5.30pm the same day.
We are keen to ensure that patients with on going medical problems are regularly monitored. If the date for your review has passed you may be asked to make an appointment with a doctor or nurse, or you may be contacted by telephone.
Prescriptions for Paracetamol, baby milk, scabies, head lice or worms will not be given as an emergency. These can all be purchased over the counter at the local Pharmacy inline with the East Lancashire CCG self care policy.
If you have a usual pharmacy via EPS your prescription will usually go there when issued.
Please note the reply may not be the same day if later in the afternoon.
WAYS TO ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTION
Pharmacies are no longer able to order on patients behalf. We request you to order your prescription via the following methods:-
At other times please call and ask to speak to the prescription department
Antibiotics are important medicines to help treat infections that are caused by bacteria. Different antibiotics are used to kill different types of bacteria. They can be used to treat relatively mild conditions such as acne as well as potentially life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia (a type of lung infection). Antibiotics are usually taken by mouth, but can sometimes be given into a vein (intravenous), into a muscle (intramuscular) or applied to the skin (topical).
Why might the GP not prescribe antibiotics?
At the Clayton Medical Centre we will only prescribe antibiotics if we feel that they will benefit your condition - many conditions will improve without the need for medication. The majority of common ailments such as colds, most coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not work against infections caused by viruses and generally these will get better on their own.
Antibiotic resistance (when an antibiotic is no longer effective) is a major problem. This is caused by overusing and inappropriately prescribing antibiotics. The resistance of bacteria to antibiotics has led to the emergence of superbugs such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) which are often in the headlines.
Some antibiotics are not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should only ever take antibiotics that are prescribed to you – never 'borrow' them from a friend of family member. You are also be prescribed certain antibiotics if you are known to have had an allergic reaction in the past. This is estimated to affect about 1 in 15 people in the UK.
There are a number of things that you can do to help manage antibiotic resistance.
Don't expect to be prescribed antibiotics when you are unwell, particularly if your GP believes your illness is caused by a virus.
If you are prescribed antibiotics please make sure you take the complete course in order to get rid of the bacteria completely. If you have tablets left over or 'save some for next time' some bacteria may be left to develop resistance.
Treat viral infections such as colds by drinking plenty of fluids and resting. Seek advice from your pharmacist to help manage your condition. If your cold lasts for more than three weeks you should consider seeing you GP.
By not using them unnecessarily, they're more likely to work when we do need them.It is important to read the information leaflet that comes with your medication carefully in order to get most benefit and avoid side effects.
You can find lots more useful information about antibiotics on the NHS Choices website including, what they are used for, side effects and more details about antibiotic resistance. You can also watch a short video about antibiotics. If you would like more information about how to get well without antibiotics your can download a leaflet here.
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