Everyone who is on regular medication can have it available on a repeat prescription. As all of our prescription records are computerised you will receive a printed list of these repeat medications every time you receive a prescription. This list is attached to the prescription form.
Requesting repeat prescriptions
There are a number of ways to make your request. You can:
- Use our online service
- Tick against the list of items on the prescription counterfoil and hand this slip in at reception or at one of the Crediton chemists (please allow extra time if left with a chemist).
- Fax a request on 01363 775906
We do not accept repeat prescription requests by telephone
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It wouldn’t seem right to keep getting repeat prescriptions forever without the medication being kept under some sort of review. Consequently you will be asked to see a doctor periodically for a clinical review or a blood test depending what medication you are on.
When and how to collect repeat prescriptions
You can choose to collect your prescription personally from reception. Alternatively each of the local chemists has arrangements in place to collect your prescription for you and prepare the prescription for dispensing. If you wish to use this service please let us or your chosen chemist know. Please allow 48 hours for your prescription to reach the chemist.
We do try to keep the medicines we prescribe under constant review. This is for clinical reasons and because there is often a quite large cost difference between medicines that appear to do the same job. Some particular brands may appear to have some slight advantage over others, but if the difference is slight we will try, of course, to use the cheaper one. This cost cutting means that the NHS can put the savings into other areas of patient care. To this end we often prescribe medicine by a “chemical”name rather than its brand name. For example Ibuprofen rather than Nurofen, Omeprazole rather than Losec, Fluoxetine rather than Prozac.
If you have to pay for your prescriptions and take medication regularly you might be able to save money by purchasing a Prescription Prepayment Certificate. An NHS body, the Prescription Pricing Authority is responsible for issuing these certificates. Visit their website to find out more.