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Our Social Prescribing team will be regular attenders at the Forget Me Not Club at Prestwood Village Hall from Tuesday the 3rd of May between 2-4pm. This event is a Monthly fixture and is held the first Tuesday of the month.
Please feel free to pop along and meet the team!
Latest average waiting times for hospital appointments, operations or treatment now available on the NHS My Planned Care digital platform.
We have decided to use the NHS App instead of Patient Access for online access in future, although we’ll still respond to Patient Access requests. The NHS App has a number of advantages for you and us, which we have described on the Online Services page of the surgery website where there are also instructions on how to upload the NHS app and register with it.
Newsletter - April 2022
The repeat prescription system is computerised and easy to use.
Ordering prescriptions Could you please in future use the either the NHS App or email to order your prescriptions. This was the system before Covid. You can still ring us if you can't manage these methods and you can't post your prescription request through our letter box. The change is to reduce the number of phone calls we are getting and so make it easier for patients to get through to us early morning. See here for how to get the NHS App.
However, where a patient is noted to be HOUSEBOUND we will be happy to support over the phone requests.
The Prestwood Chemist is open from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday (closed 13:00 to 14:15) and 09:00 to 16:30 on Saturday. It can be found on the High Street in Prestwood centre.
Some chemists are open in Amersham, High Wycombe and Chesham until late in the evening. Please see local press for details of chemist opening hours.
Electronic Prescription Service
We have moved over to electronic prescribing which means that we now have the ablity to send your prescription electronically to a pharmacy of your choice. Please notifiy the Surgery of your nominated pharmacy in order for your prescription to be sent in this way.
If you would like to order prescriptions and appointments online please complete the form in the link below and bring along to the surgery with appropriate identification to allow us to process your request.
Online appointments and Prescription ordering application form.
Patients on repeat medication will have their medication reviewed at least once a year either opportunistically, during issuing of medication initiated via request by the patient or at chronic disease management annual reviews. If the GP wishes to see you regarding your medications you may be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). 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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
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.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
NHS England shared information about reducing the prescribing of medicines or treatments that can be bought over the counter.
The information says that stopping the routine prescribing of these medicines will save the NHS around £100 million.
In Buckinghamshire, we spent over £1.5 million in 2017/18 on prescriptions that could have been bought over the counter.
So, we are the reducing the amount we spend on around 35 different medicines and treatments for minor conditions and ilnesses.
These usually sort themselves out without any treatment or by treatments that can be bought over the counter.
We want to free up resources so we can spend them in other areas.
We are asking you to buy the following items yourself. They can be bought quite cheaply from a pharmacy or supermarket:
You will still be prescribed these medicines if you:
Speak to your pharmacist for advice on treating minor problems e.g. coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete’s foot. They will always tell you if you need to see a doctor.
Patients who need these drugs in regular quantities can continue to get them on prescription.
If you visit your GP who then recommends you buy the treatment, please remember they are following national guidance.
NHS choices has lots of information and advice on treating minor health problems with self-care
Find out more about the conditions for which over the counter medicines will no longer be prescribed at: