Dental Problems - If you have a dental problem you will need to make an appointment with your dentist. If you are unable to make an appointment or if you are not registered with a dentist, please call the Cornwall Dental Helpline on 01872 354375.
You can request your repeat medication in a number of ways:
Please allow 2 working days for the surgery to issue your repeat prescription.
If you choose to have your repeat prescription sent directly to one of the local pharmacies/chemist you should allow additional time for the pharmacist to prepare your prescription ready for collection - the pharmacy will advise you how long you should allow for this.
If you do want the surgery to forward your prescription to a local pharmacy/chemist, please make it clear which pharmacy/chemist you wish to nominate.
As a practice we endeavour to prescribe appropriately for you. This means that we try to take into account the evidence that a drug is actually effective for its intended purpose. We are guided in this by a national & local formulary; we are reluctant to prescribe outside these guidelines.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, finance plays an important role; family doctors are obliged to consider the cost of medicines. Our Practice accounts for over 1 million pounds spent on drugs each year and we are under constant pressure to reduce this. For this reason you may on occasions be asked to change your tablets to a more economic version – rest assured this will only be done if we are satisfied that the alternative is equally as effective as your previous prescription.
If you require simple ‘stock for the medicine cupboard’ such as painkillers for occasional use etc. this should be purchased ‘over the counter’ from the pharmacy. Please don’t ask us for this on prescription. A huge amount of money is wasted on unused drugs; please help by only ordering what you need. Unused medication should not be discarded in ordinary waste disposal systems but returned to the pharmacist.
We regularly review our prescribing & like to see all those on regular medication at least once a year (this appointment might be with a member of our Nursing, Pharmacist or GP team depending upon your condition). Some conditions will require more frequent monitoring.
Please notify us of any known or suspected allergies or adverse reactions to medication.
Many patients are entitled to free prescriptions. Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). Please visit the NHS website for more details on help with NHS costs including prescriptions.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 regular medication.
Buy or Renew a Pre-Payment Certificate (PPC) Online
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
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