Sawston Medical Centre, Linton Health Centre, Barley Surgery
Market Hill Surgery & Shelford Health Centre
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Sawston Medical Centre, Linton Health Centre, Barley Surgery, Market Hill Surgery & Shelford Health Centre

Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

The easiest way to request repeat medication is to order online via the link opposite.

To use this service for the first time, you will need to obtain a username and password from our reception team. Alternatively, you may request your prescription in writing at the surgery.

We are dealing with high volumes of repeat requests please allow TWO CLEAR working days between requesting and collecting repeat prescriptions and indicate collection point in Medication Request Notes.

Please note online requests submitted over a weekend will be processed on Monday and ready for collection on Thursday.

Four steps to order your repeat medication...

Step 1

Register to use systmonline
(patient online service)

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Step 2

Download the Airmid App

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Step 3

Order your repeat prescription

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Step 4

Collect from your chosen pharmacy

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*If your medication review is due, you may not be able to order your repeat prescriptions.
Please be assured your review will be done, but in the meantime please add the medication names into the free text box called “Medication Request Notes”

If you do not have internet access, please continue to use prescription slips and drop them into the surgery post box.

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

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.

Prescription (per item): £9.15 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90 3-month PPC: £29.65. If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a prepayment card. If you would like advice or to order a PPC this can be done online or via the telephone on 0845 850 0030. There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

Is my prescription ready for collection?

If you have access to GP online services you can now see whether your prescription has been issued. Simply go to “Records”, then “Summary Patient Record” and you will see your current repeat medications and the date of the last issue. Your prescription should be ready 2 clear working days following that issue date.

This means that you can now check to see if your prescription is ready before leaving the house to collect it. However, please be mindful that community pharmacies are currently very busy so you may wish to allow a little longer. You will also be able to see all acute prescriptions for the last 12 months and when they were issued.

Please help us to help you

You are able to request Repeat Medications ten days before the “next issue due” date on your repeat slip.

We can help you to avoid having to request different medications at different times of the month – please ask dispensary staff for assistance with this.

If the review date on your repeat prescription has passed, please request your prescription as usual. If the GP wishes to see you at an appointment, you will be contacted by reception to book the appointment.

Dispensing at Sawston

Monday 8.00 am – 8.00 pm and Tuesday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Our Pharmacy is open to everyone and we provide a dispensing service as well as over the counter medications to all our patients who wish to have their medicines from us, regardless of their address

This pharmacy closes for 30 minutes between the hours of 1pm to 2pm. The exact time each day is determined by staffing levels. Thank you for your understanding.

Dispensing at Linton, Barley and Market Hill

8.30 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday (Linton)

8.30 am – 8.15 pm Monday and 8.30am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday (Barley and Market Hill)

Patients living in the villages have access to our own dispensary facilities. Those patients living within one mile of a pharmacy must arrange for prescriptions to be sent to a pharmacy of their choice.

There is no dispensing service at Shelford

Village deliveries

We have a team of amazing volunteers delivering prescriptions to villages on our behalf.  Please see the weekly schedule below.

Sawston deliveries

Whittlesford – Every day (mornings) to the Post Office
Ickleton – Tuesdays and Fridays (mornings) to the Costcutter shop
Abington – Wednesday morning to the Post Office
Thriplow – Tuesday mornings to the village shop

Linton deliveries

Balsham – Every day (no fixed time) to the Post Office.
Abington – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – afternoon deliveries to the Post Office.
Ashdon – Tuesday and Friday – deliveries to Bidwells garage.
Castle Camps – daily to patients’ homes.
West Wratting – Mondays, Wednesdsays and Fridays to the Chestnuts public house.

We also now offer a free medicines delivery service straight to your home.
Please ring 01223 727530 or email capccg.grantadispensing@nhs.net for further information on both services.

28 Day Prescribing

In line with national prescribing guidelines and local Clinical Commissioning Group Trust recommendations, we are now prescribing for a maximum of 28 days at a time. This has been proven to reduce wastage of medicines (£100 million annually) by 15% where this has already been implemented in other parts of the country. The majority of prescriptions have already been for 28 days for some years. As a Practice we are committed to following these recommendations and hope that you will understand the reasoning behind this policy.

Ordering early for holidays

If you are ordering your medication early because you are going away on holiday please add a note to the request form.