Huntingdon Road Surgery Patient Information
Prescribing medication is an important part of General practice. While this will often happen for a new problem, many people will need to take regular ongoing medication. In this case, your doctor can arrange for you to request repeat prescriptions without needing to make another appointment.
Girton Surgery Dispensary
For people who live more than a mile, as the crow flies, from the nearest chemist we can dispense the actual medication from our dispensary at Pepys Way in Girton. This includes people who live in the villages of Girton (only those living north of the A14 bridge), Oakington, Dry Drayton and Coton. National legislation prevents us from offering this service to anybody who lives within a mile of their nearest chemist. If we can dispense your medication from our dispensary in Girton Surgery, there is a delivery service for those who have difficulty getting there for medical reasons funded by the Girton Town Charity.
If you do take regular medication, which your doctor has authorised, you can order repeat prescriptions or request your medication in a number of ways:
· By completing the repeat slip (i.e. the white right hand side of a prescription, or one of the hand written forms available at the surgery) and putting it in the appropriate box at the surgery, or sending it in by post
· By sending a fax with full details of who you are and what repeat medication you need
· Online via our website – if this is most convenient for you, then please ask one of our receptionists how to register to order repeat prescriptions
You can collect your prescription from the surgery, or if eligible collect the actual medication from our Girton dispensary, after 2 working days. Alternatively, we can post your prescription on to you if you leave a stamped addressed envelope. It is important that everybody is able to get the medication that they need and if there is any difficulty, please contact the surgery and we will do all we can to help you.
We are keen to avoid patients requesting prescriptions by telephone as mistakes can easily be made if the name of the medication requested is not absolutely clear.
Please note that all prescriptions need to be signed by the doctor and we ask patients to allow 2 working days from request of their prescription or medication, to collection.
Please do not wait until you have run out of your medication before your order a new prescription.
We request that all patients on regular medication plan ahead to ensure that they have a sufficient supply to last over holiday periods. This is particularly important over Bank Holidays and at Christmas time when the surgery is closed.
Batch of prescriptions
Doctors are encouraged to generate prescriptions for one month at a time, but if you are on a stable regimen of medication you can ask your doctor to provide a batch of prescriptions to avoid the need for you to frequently ask for a repeat prescription. This batch of prescriptions should be taken to the chemist you normally use, who will then be able to dispense your medication at monthly intervals. Please note that owing to national rules, the Girton surgery dispensary is unable to provide this service.
If you have difficulty getting to the surgery or a chemist
If you have difficulty getting to the surgery or chemist because of medical reasons, many chemists can help with this process. They can make the request for a prescription for you, collect the prescription from the surgery and deliver the medication to you. Please discuss this with your local chemist if this is a service that you need.
It is very important that all prescriptions issued and medications dispensed are carried out accurately and safely. We are lucky to have a committed team to ensure this happens. Andrea Rusted, is our Dispensary Manager at the dispensary in Girton, supported by our team of dispensers.
If you have any questions regarding obtaining a repeat prescription, please ask at reception or speak to your doctor.