Trinity Medical Centre

1 Goldstone Villas, Hove, BN3 3AT

NHS

Telephone: 01273 736030

Fax: 01273 329726

Out of Hours: 111

Prescriptions

With the agreement of your GP you can get further supplies of regular medicines without having to be seen by a doctor every time.

We actively encourage the use of the electronic prescribing service (EPS) as this improves the efficiency of the repeat prescribing process. If you would prefer not to use this service we do still take prescription requests in writing or via your chosen pharmacy. We cannot accept faxed or telephone requests as they may be unclear and result in error.

In order to access the online prescribing service you you will need to register for our online service, Emis Patient Access online repeat prescription service.

Prescriptions are processed in the order they are requested. To allow time for necessary checks to be made we need 2 clear full working days to issue prescriptions so please order when you have 7-10 days’ supply left to ensure that you are not left without.

If you need your prescription issued very early or for a longer duration than usual because you are going on holiday, please explain your need in writing on the form. Usually we do not issue prescriptions more than 10 days before they are due.

If you do not wish to use the EPS service we are able to post your prescription to you; please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your request and remember to allow time for the postal service.  If you want a prescription for an item which does not appear on your form, please ask the receptionist for advice.

Please note if you are collecting someone else prescription you will need written consent in advance from the person in order to collect it – please this Consent form which needs to be brought to reception upon collection. 

Please remember

  • All repeat prescription requests take 2 clear working days.
  • We will only issue 2 month’s medication at a time. If you have a very special, one off, reason for asking for more than 2 month’s supply please provide details as this will have to be approved by your GP.
  • If you are travelling abroad we are only able to issue 3 months of medication. For patients leaving the country for more than 3 months, we would advise you to register with a local doctor for your continuing medical needs.
  • Please remember for HRT and contraception you must have an annual review which can be carried out with our practice nurses. If you run out before your appointment the doctors will provide 1 months supply providing you do attend the review appointment within that time.

Electronic prescribing service (EPS)

Electronic Prescription ServiceThe Electronic prescription service is a new way to get your medicines and appliances.  It is an NHS service that gives you the chance to change how your prescription is sent. With EPS, your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you collect your repeat prescriptions form your GP, you will not have to visit your GP to pick up your prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the place you choose.
  • You will have more choice where to get your medicines from, because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
  • You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy, as there will be time for your repeat prescriptions to be ready before you arrive.

Is this service right for you?

Yes, if you have a stable condition and you:

  • Don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription
  • Collect your medicines form the same place most of the time or use a prescription collection service

It may not be right for you if you:

  • Don’t get prescriptions very often
  • Pick up your medicines from different places

How can you use EPS?

You will need to choose a placed for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. This is called nomination. You can choose:

  • a pharmacy
  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)
  • your dispensing GP Practice (if you are eligible)

Ask any pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS or your GP practice, to add your nomination for you. You don’t need a computer to do this.

Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription?

Yes you can. Tell you GP if you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically.  To change or cancel your nomination, speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS or your GP Practice. Make sure you tell them before your next prescription is due, or it may be sent to the wrong place.

Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential?

Yes. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies, NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.

For more information visit www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients, your pharmacy or GP Practice