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Kingsway Medical Centre, Billingham, Cleveland, TS23 2LSTel: 01642 553738
From September 2015 the Phlebotomy Clinic will be held Monday - Thursday 8 am - 12 noon. Please note the clinic may close for new arrivals at 11.30 am if patients are already queuing.
Cervical smear and repeat contraception pill/injection appointments now available to book on line with Donna, Practice Nurse. Look for the Nurse/HCA sessions to find these appointments. Patients are booking these appointments inappropriately. The appointments (as indicated in the appointment name) are only for female cervical smear tests or contraceptive pill/injections.
Prescriptions MUST either be sent electronically to a pharmacy OR a pharmacy of your choice collect the paper prescription from the practice. Patients are NOT to collect their prescription from the surgery. For more information, please refer to the home page.
When collecting medication - there could be a delay in prescriptions being dispensed. Please allow a minimum of 2 hours to save you a wasted trip/minimise queues and to collect between the times of 10 am - 12 pm and 2 - 4 pm (2 pm - 6 pm if a 100 hour pharmacy)
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding special ‘rescue packs’ of antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or even for those who don’t have these conditions).
We would like to reassure you that patients who suffer with severe respiratory conditions already have these in place (along with the instructions how to use them). Oral steroids are powerful medicines and any decision to use them would need careful evaluation by a prescriber, usually a doctor or respiratory specialist nurse.
Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack unless this is something that has been previously agreed and prescribed by your medical team. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111 (online services should be used as a first choice) before doing anything else.
Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing. Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions.
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
Find out more about this change to prescription policy at nhs.uk/OTCmedicines
This applies to treatments for these conditions:
Repeat Dispensing Service
If you or someone you care for uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from using the NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service. This means you won’t have to re-order or collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice every time you need more medicine.
Talk to your GP or the person who prescribes your medicines and ask them if you can use Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). Your prescriber will usually be your doctor.
If your prescriber thinks that you could use eRD for your regular medicines, they will ask you for permission to share information about your treatment with your pharmacist. This will help your pharmacist to give your prescriber feedback about your treatment and provide you with useful advice.
Your GP or prescriber will then authorise a number of eRD prescriptions. This will be based on your circumstances and clinical need. These eRD prescriptions will then be supplied by your pharmacy at regular intervals.
Collect your first eRD prescription from your pharmacy.
Next time you need more medicines, go back to your pharmacy.
Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your pharmacy will ask you the following questions:
If you don’t need all of the medicines on your prescription, let the pharmacy staff know, so that they only supply the medicines you need. This will help to reduce waste and save the NHS money.
When your pharmacy supplies your prescription, they will advise you to contact your GP practice to arrange for your medication to be reviewed and if it is clinically appropriate to issue another eRD prescription.
Your doctor or practice nurse may want you to make an appointment to see them before they will authorise more eRD prescriptions.
Multiple dressings were returned by one patient, which cost over £500 and cannot be re-used.
NHS resources are increasingly being squeezed and we cannot afford this level of wastage.
Order prescriptions yourself
Only order what you need
Do not stockpile prescription items