St Thomas Medical Group

Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Patients who are on regular medication may obtain repeat prescriptions under certain circumstances without seeing their doctor. 

To request a repeat prescription you can either:

At St Thomas these will be ready 48 hours after the request is handed in, except on Fridays when they will be ready the following Tuesday. If you are nominating a Chemist for your Prescription to go to, please allow an additional day to allow time for your medication to be dispensed.

At Exwick prescripitions are ready 48 hours after they are requested. If you are nominating a Chemist for your Prescription to go to, please allow an additional day to allow time for your medication to be dispensed.

There is a delivery service for housebound patients and to obtain information about this please contact Mrs Denise Knowles, Volunteer Co-Ordinator for our League of Friends, or your preferred pharmacy.

For security reasons we do not accept prescription requests over the telephone, but we will post if you provide a stamped addressed envelope with your request.
We regret the inconvenience this may cause.

Prescriptions Checklist

Before ordering your prescriptions...

CHECK Look at your supplies - order only the items that you need.
LISTEN Listen to the advice from your Doctor, Nurse or Pharmacist and take all medicines as instructed on the label.
TELL Tell your Doctor, Nurse or Pharmacist if your medicines are not agreeing with you or you have stopped taking them.
TICK Using the counterfoil of the prescription, tick only the medicines you need and remember “tick in haste - medicines waste.”
OPEN Open your bag of medication while at the Pharmacy.  If you have item(s) not requested, or surplus to your needs for the next month, please return these before leaving.

Repeat Prescriptions Q&A

Can I have my prescription sent by post?

Yes, please attach a self addressed envelope with your request.

When can I collect my prescription?

It would be appreciated if you could colllect your prescription after 11am to ease the pressue on our Reception desk in the mornings.

Can I telephone for a prescription?

Sorry, no telephone requests are available, prescriptions must be ordered in writing only.

What if the Surgery is closed?

Simply pop your prescription request through the Pharmacy letterbox, preferably in an envelope.

What notice is required for prescription requests?

48 hours notice needs to be given for prescription requests.

Your Prescriptions timetable.

Can I order my repeat Prescription by fax?

Yes, we are happy to accept requests for repeat prescriptions this way.  Our fax number is 01392 676677.  Again please make sure you state clearly your name, address, telephone number and precise details of your medication.  Again 48 hours notice is required.

Can my prescription be forwarded to a Pharmacy?

You can request that your prescription gets forwarded to one of the following Pharmacies for collection by yourself, at a time to suit:

  • Luxtons
  • Boots
  • Sainsbury's
  • Superdrug
  • St. Leonard's

Please indicate your preference on your request. Thank you.

Does your repeat medication rarely change?

If your repeat medication rarely changes then you may consider joining the Repeat Dispensing Scheme.

 

Drug Driving Laws

It’s illegal to drive if either:

  • you’re unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs
  • you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they haven’t affected your driving)
     

Legal drugs are prescription or over-the-counter medicines. If you’re taking them and not sure if you should drive, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional.
 
The police can stop you and make you do a ‘field impairment assessment’ if they think you’re on drugs. This is a series of tests, eg asking you to walk in a straight line. They can also use a roadside drug kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine.

If they think you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station.

You could be charged with a crime if the test shows you’ve taken drugs.

Prescription medicines

It’s illegal in England and Wales to drive with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your driving.

It’s an offence to drive if you have over the specified limits of certain drugs in your blood and you haven’t been prescribed them.

Talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:

  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

You can drive after taking these drugs if:

  • you’ve been prescribed them and followed advice on how to take them by a healthcare professional
  • they aren’t causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits
     

You could be prosecuted if you drive with certain levels of these drugs in your body and you haven’t been prescribed them.

The law doesn’t cover Northern Ireland and Scotland but you could still be arrested if you’re unfit to drive.

Download our Drug Driving Laws Leaflet for further information.