Ivel Medical Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0RATel: 01767 312441
All prescriptions are produced and printed on the practice's computer system. Details of repeat prescriptions are printed on a slip of paper attached to the prescription. Repeat prescriptions are initiated at a doctor consultation at which time it will be established that the medication suits the individual and it needs to be continued for an extended period of time.
A time limit will also be set beyond which no further prescriptions will be issued without a further doctor consultation. You will then be asked to make an appointment to see the doctor to review the medication before further repeat prescriptions will be issued.
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Please 7 days between requesting and collecting the prescription from your pharmacy. You can request your medication at any time by;
Did you know you can request your repeat prescription online?
The easiest, safest and quickest way to order your repeat prescription is online. There is no need to make a phone call or visit us; instead computer, smartphone or tablet users can request repeat prescriptions anywhere – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also check what medication you should be taking and when.
If you are not already registered for GP online services please let a member of the practice team know you would like to use this service.
Requests by email or online via the website received after 17:00 Monday to Friday will be processed the next working day. Please note we are closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. Requests made over the weekend will be processed on Monday, or the next working day in the case of bank holidays.
If your repeat prescription states that you are a "Dispensing Patient" then to save you having to bring in your repeat slip to be run off every month we are more than happy to retain the slip in dispensary and make up your medications every 28 days. This saves you a journey and your medication will be ready for you. We'll remind you every 6 months when your medication review is due.
If you take medication on repeat prescription you may wish to take advantage of a free service offered by the local pharmacies. They will offer to collect prescriptions from the practice and have the medication ready for collection at their premises. If you wish to take advantage of this service please speak to your pharmacy first to make the arrangements.
Our practice is a dispensing practice but regulations prevent us from dispensing to you if you live in a built-up area or within one mile of a pharmacy. In effect this means that only those patients living in villages (except Beeston and some areas of Langford) may use our dispensary.
The dispensary is open from 08:30 - 11.30 and 15.00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday.
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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please allow 7 working days, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
Making better use of your money in the NHS
The practice is supporting an initiative by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to get better value for money on prescription medicines. Every year in Bedfordshire alone over half a million pounds is spent on some prescription medicines that are ‘poor’ value for money, which is money that we are not able to spend in other areas of healthcare. As a practice we will no longer be prescribing these particular medicines.
What is included in the list:-
The doctors, nurses and practice staff would appreciate your support and understanding by not being asked to provide a prescription for these products.
By spending less on medicines like these the money saved can be used for treating longer term conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
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