Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

The right-hand tear-off section of your computerised prescription, which lists your medication, must be used when requesting a repeat prescription. This should be sent by post or placed in the box at reception any time during opening hours.

Patients at Matlock can have their prescription posted back to them if they enclose an SAE. They can also use the prescription collection service by ticking the appropriate chemist's box on the slip. The prescription will then be sent electronically to the chemist and you will be able to collect your medication from them.

Patients at Ashover are encouraged to use the on site dispensing service.

You can also register for our online services and order via the link at the top of this page. Please note: The online prescription request facility should only be used for repeat prescriptions  

In order to free telephone lines for more urgent calls and to improve efficiency for all our patients, we regret requests for repeat prescriptions cannot be taken over the telephone.

Collections

Please don't let your medicine run out.

Allow two clear working days for Imperial Road and three clear working days for Ashover for the processing of your repeat prescriptions. For example those received on Monday will be ready first thing on Thursday morning for Imperial Road and Friday morning for Ashover.

Drug Wastage

Drug Wastage is costing the NHS millions.

About 300m of medicines are wasted each year in England, half of which is unnecessary, a Department of Health study found last year. If the rest of the UK is taken into account the figure is closer to 400m.

They also suggested unused medicines that are returned to pharmacies could be repackaged and made available again - at the moment any returned drugs have to be disposed of.

Please only request what you need.

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65

If you will 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.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

Medication Reviews

When your medication review date approaches we will either send a text or put a note on your prescrition asking you to make a telephone appoinment with the GP to review all of your medication. There may be times where if you have not arranged a review, we will restrict the volume of medication given until such times as a review is complete.