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Sorting Medicine

Repeat Prescriptions

You can order repeat medication online via this link. If you do not have online access, simply pop in to the surgery to complete an online access request form for your User ID and Password.


Alternatively, if you take medication regularly, you will receive a tear-off slip with each prescription, listing the items you have been prescribed for repeat use and the date at which you next need to see the doctor for review. Please use this slip to request repeat supplies by ticking the items you need and placing it in the ‘drop off’ box for prescription requests at reception.

Most of our patients choose to use the Medigreen pharmacy which is next door to the surgery.

  • If you do not wish to use this chemist, please add a note "keep in surgery" to your prescription request so that you can collect the signed prescription form from the surgery and take it to the chemist of your choice.

  • You can ask your chosen pharmacy to make themselves your nominated pharmacy for electronic prescriptions.

Repeat prescription requests will not normally be taken by telephone as this can lead to mistakes. Please allow at least 3 working days before collecting your prescription.

Patients on repeat medications need a medication review at least once a year

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Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.  Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35

  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10

  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). 


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

Electronic Prescription System (EPS)

Caddington Surgery is now live with this service (EPS). If you sign up for EPS you will no longer receive a green form when a GP prescribes anything for you. Also if you request any repeat medication this will automatically get sent electronically and securely to your preferred chemist, meaning you will not have to pick up a green hard copy of the prescription from the surgery first.

What do you have to do?

Firstly you need to nominate the chemist you would like the prescription to go to, this can be anywhere in England as long as they are also set up with EPS. This can be done easily by popping in to your chosen pharmacy or when you use our on line service to order your repeat medication. Generally patients will pick their regular local chemist but if you work out of the area you may find it easier to pick your prescription up from a pharmacy near to your place of work.

You can change or cancel your nomination by simply telling your GP surgery or the chemist. If you sign up directly with a chemist, they will need you to sign a form which they will keep on file. They should only sign you up if they have your full signed agreement.

Once you have nominated your chemist you can order your repeat medication in exactly the same way you have always done either using the online service, in person or by post. 

For a repeat prescription please still allow 3 full working days for the admin team to process your request. If a clinician issues your prescription during a consultation this should be available at your nominated chemist within an hour of your appointment. Please double check with the clinician that we have the correct nomination details.

Please be aware that occasionally some medication is not available through EPS. This includes Private prescriptions and some controlled drugs. These will therefore be generated on paper as before. Please click the link below for the patient leaflet on EPS.


Is this for you?

Yes - if you have a stable condition and you don’t want to visit the practice every time to pick up your prescription.

Yes – if you often collect your medicines from the same place.

Is it secure?

YES. Your prescription will be seen by the same people e.g. GP practices, pharmacies and fraud agencies that see your paper prescriptions now. There is a full tracker system available at the surgery and at the nominated EPS chemist.

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