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Prescriptions – Change of quantity to 28 days


Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in the UK an estimated £300million every year. This could pay for …


 


11,778 MORE community nurses or


80,906 MORE hip replacements or


19,799 MORE drug treatment courses for breast cancer or


300,000 MORE drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's or


312,175 MORE cataract operation


Source www.medicineswaste.com


 


Redlands Primary Care are committed to reducing this waste and improving patient safety. Hence from the 1st April 2021 we will be changing the standard quantities of our prescribing intervals to 28 days*. The change will follow on from annual medication reviews. This will reduce the wastage when a medication is stopped or changed and will reduce the risk of errors when medication is changed in the middle of a supply.


Prepayment certificates can help with medicines costs (https://www.gov.uk/get-a-ppc) and electronic Repeat Dispensing (https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmacies-gp-practices-and-appliance-contractors/prescribing-and-dispensing/electronic-repeat-dispensing-erd/erd-information-patients ) can help with the convenience of obtaining your prescriptions. The community pharmacists and practice clinical pharmacists can help with these.


 


* Individual prescription quantities may vary depending on the drug/condition being treated at the discretion of the prescribing clinician   


 





COVID-19 Vaccination of Priority Groups  



Can we ask patients not to call the practice to request a vaccine, we will contact patients in accordance with the national vaccination schedule.  We are not able to order vaccines, we can only provide vaccines as we receive them, so it will take time to vaccinate everyone. Please continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance that is so very important.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.


 Redlands -Threshers & Redlands - Newcombes


The new arrangement started on April 1, 2021.


We are now officially Redlands Primary Care - Threshers until we move to the new surgery in the late summer, or early autumn.


The merged practice will remain on three sites (Threshers, Newcombes and Thorverton) until the move to the new building on Joseph Locke Way. All telephone numbers will remain the same until the move. For more details please click on the link: Patient Letter





COVID-19 Useful Links: 


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Coronavirus - A Book for Children


Helping You Request Your Medication - Repeat Dispensing




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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 frequent prescriptions.


NHS charges

From 1 April 2019, the charges are:

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

 
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