28 Day Prescribing Policy
prepay prescription certificate
LATE NIGHT CHEMISTS
Open until 7:30pm
HE Matthews - 140 Stanley Park Rd, Carshalton SM5 3JG
Boots Wallington - 43 Wallington Square, Wallington SM6 8RG
Open until 8pm
MPS Rose Hill
Imperial Epsom - 139 Epsom Rd, Sutton SM3 9EY
Boots Sutton - 322 Malden Rd, Sutton SM3 8EP
Boots Valley Park - open until 8pm 10 Daniell Way, Croydon CR0 4YJ
Open until 11:45pm (ring check if after 10pm)
RPMG - 141 Church Hill Rd, Sutton SM3 8NE
tel: 020 8644 9432
DELAYS IN PRESCRIPTIONS
If you are unwise enough to run out of your prescriptions, we will try to help but cannot guarantee to sort out your prescription in less than 72h.
Do please order your prescriptions online (or if you are really helpless with computers and apps, then ask your grown children to do it for you). Requests made this way can be handled much more quickly by doctors, and don't take our staff away from telephone and other duties. Remember that once the chemist receives the email prescription from us, he'll need to prepare the medicines (dispense) and sometimes order special drugs from wholesalers. You'll be able to see online when the GP has emailed the prescription to your pharmacist.
Pharmacy4U mail order
though this can be convenient because they post your medicines, it's no faster than Online ordering. And if there's a problem, there is no pharmacist we can ring to discuss, and the patient has often been left high and dry. Though it may not concern you, the local pharmacists are having to close, which means that in future you'll have no one to ask clinical questions to about your health and your medicines.
Pharmacists are having problems buying certain common established medicines from wholesalers because drug companies aren't making enough profit on the old drug to cover costs of manufacturing it. If this is the case, we'll try to think of a temporary alternative and leave it to you to have your BP checked (in case the new BP medicine isn't as strong as the one you're used to! Not to speak of possible SideEffects!). Check with your pharmacist when your usual medicine is back in national stock.
NEW ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTIONS
When requesting prescriptions, you'll need to specify a Pharmacy, even if you wish to collect your scrip by hand.
All GP Surgeries are now securely-emailing prescriptions to your designated Chemist, rather than printing them out, as it’s more efficient and prescriptions can’t get lost.
You simply sign a form at the chemist of your choice.
You drop of your written request, ticking the items you want on your repeat slip.
Either in the white post box, (checked regularly throughout the day) or at reception.
The receptionist checks your records to make sure you’re not overdue a blood test/ BP check, then issues the electronic prescription, which is passed to the doctor immediately, who gives the OK, and then the electronic prescription arrives at your chemist within minutes.
This will happen in most cases.
If there are any queries or if you request something that is not on your Repeat list, the staff will pass to GP, and that is where it can take 3 days to process them. But they will still be sent electronically to your chemist.
Repeat Dispensing For people who's Repeat regular medications don't change much, and who have seen their GP for monitoring BP/blood tests, GP can set up an order for the pharmacy to keep dispensing the usual 1 or 2 month supply of medicine for a duration of 6-12 months, so you won't have to keep putting in requests each month.
We are encouraged by the authorities to prescribe 1month quantity of medicines both to reduce waste and for patient safety. Any larger supply is at the discretion of the GP.
What if there is a change of dose or new medicine? GP simply adjusts the Repeat Dispensing order which goes straight through to the chemist.
What if I want to change chemist? Please sign a form at a new chemist before your next prescription. Remember that once a particular prescription has been sent to a chemist to prepare for you, then you can’t change this. It would be like asking for your paper prescription back while the chemist has already ordered the medicines in, or started to box them up for you.
What if the chemist hasn’t got my prescription? It is likely that the GP can’t issue your prescription as you’ve not had the necessary checks monitoring such as BP/blood tests/clinical checks. If you call at reception, the receptionists will often be able to tell you what is overdue. You will have already been asked by the GP nurse or had messages on previous prescriptions. It’s best to be 2 weeks ahead with your medicines for these kind of hick-ups.
Some patients will still prefer us to print their regular repeat green paper prescriptions, so that they can take their Repeats to different chemists: in this case, smaller quantities will be prescribed in case that paper prescription is lost. If a prescription is lost, we won't be able to reprint it without seeing you to discuss if that 'open cheque' may have fallen into the wrong hands.
Even if you do sign up to particular chemist, if you simply see the doctor for a course of antibiotics, and your regular pharmacy is far away, GP can easily print you off a green open prescription to take to any chemist. The electronic prescription is simply intended to increase efficiency and safety of regular repeat prescriptions.
Dr Ditri believes Electronic is a much safer way to ensure patients on repeat medicines are reviewed regularly, and will not do printed scripts.
Participating Chemists, amongst many others:
- Salmina (next door)
- Barai Chemist (Erskine Rd, by the Butterchurn pub) Kamson (formerly Lotus)Chemist (by the Gasometer)
- Anna Pharmacy (The Circle)
- Rosehill Pharmacy (next to Superdrug)
- I.S. Pharmacy (Rosehill)
- Mount Elgon (next to Melyvn Clarkes)
- pharmacy telephone Late Opening=Rosehill 10pm. Sainsbury's Merton/PurleyWy 11pm.
Palliative Care Chemists (cancer)
Advantages of Electronic Prescriptions
Printed Prescriptions sometimes do get lost. We are sometimes asked to do a duplicate. But that is where the problem lies! We cannot simply re-print a prescription. We are obliged to make sure that the patient is not hoarding medicines to take an overdose, not hoarding medicines to take abroad or to sell, and that the prescription hasn't already been presented to a chemist. This involves a search and generally a consultation with the patient, and lots of embarrassing questions. It is a matter of clinical responsibility.
If the prescription has found its way to a chemist by mistake, or maybe a relative collected it and took it there, then the chemist will dispense that medicine. If no one knows to collect it, then then the full cost of that medicine, which may run into hundreds of pounds, will be billed to our already overspent budget, which will mean we cannot prescribe medicines that we wish to the rest of our patients.
Sometimes a chemist hasn't got all your medicines in stock, and will give you a months supply and ask you to come back for the rest. Quite understandably, patients may forget to go back for the rest of the medicines, and instead request the doctor to make out a new prescription later that month. Those uncollected medicines will be billed to us.
Knowing which chemist the prescription will have gone to helps us. All we need to do is ring that chemist to check if some or all of the medicines were dispensed, and then we can sort out a prescription. If the prescription was unmarked with a particular chemist, then it is impossible for us to check. It is like a open cheque rather than a crossed cheque. So, endorsing prescriptions is generally to everyone's advantage.