From Monday 2nd March 2020 our prescription team will be moving into the Hyndburn Central Prescribing Hub, 1st Floor, Acorn Primary Healthcare Centre, 421 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1RT. This means that we will no longer be taking prescription requests at Accrington Pals Primary Health Care Centre or our Baxenden Branch surgery.
There are various ways in which you can order your regular prescriptions
- Register for Online Access to the Practice. This will allow you to order your prescriptions at a time that is suitable for you via a website or an app on your smartphone or tablet. Please ask one of our administrative staff for more information.
- By ticking the right hand side of your prescription slip & posting into the prescription box at the Hyndburn Central Prescribing Hub.
- By going to the reception desk at the Hyndburn Central Prescribing Hub and speaking to a member of the team.
- By post to the Hyndburn Central Prescribing Hub at the address above.
You will still collect your prescription from Accrington Pals Primary Healthcare Centre. Alternatively you can ask your pharmacy to collect your prescription or nominate them for the electronic prescribing service and your prescription will be sent to them electronically.
If you get all your items at the same time each month you may also be suitable for Repeat Dispensing. Ask your pharmacist for details.
Prescription requests take 48 hours to process.
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.
We are keen to ensure that patients with ongoing 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, calpol, 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.
EPS – Electronic Prescription Service
Do you have a repeat prescription?
Did you know that every day GP’s in the UK issue 1.5 million paper prescriptions and 70% of these are repeat prescriptions?
A new system has been created to make it easier for you to pick up your repeat prescription. It is called the Electronic Prescription Service, or EPS for short.
The Electronic Prescription Service is an NHS service that sends your prescription from GP surgery to Pharmacy without the need for a paper copy.
Nominate a pharmacy of your choice and this pharmacy will receive your prescription directly from your GP, via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).
With EPS you will not have to visit your practice to pick up your paper prescription anymore.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because you can choose a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
EPS is reliable, secure and confidential.
Your electronic prescription will only be seen by the same people in GP practices and pharmacies who see your paper prescription now.
If you are interested in using the Electronic Prescription Service speak to your pharmacist.
You can also find out more about the Electronic Prescription Service by logging onto http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/eps/patients
Please only order the medications you need
NHS Prescription Charges from April 2019
The NHS prescription charge will increase by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9.00 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. This change will come into effect from 1st April 2019. The cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) have been frozen for another year. The 3 month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104, allowing unlimited prescriptions within a specified time period. PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months of more than 12 items in one year.
Single charge: £9.00
3 month PPC: £29.10
12 month PPC: £104.00
You can get a prepayment certificate application form from your pharmacist or apply online https://apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppcwebsales/patient.do