From October 2019 the ordering of repeat prescriptions will no longer be possible from local pharmacies. Instead, patients will be required to order directly from the practice or use online services such as myGP or Patient Access.

NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys local health services, has introduced the changes to improve patient safety and reduce unnecessary costs from waste. The change will also bring Blackpool into line with the rest of Lancashire and much of the country.

We have seen that when patients order their own prescriptions this is safer and reduces waste. Over-ordering, stockpiling and unused medicines present a real risk to patient safety. It also costs the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds every year.

The only thing that is changing is that patients will not be able to order a repeat prescription at their local pharmacy and pharmacists will not be able to order prescriptions on patients’ behalf. Patients will still be able to collect or receive their medication from wherever they do now.

Practices will work with any particularly vulnerable patients and their families to ensure they are not negatively affected by the changes. Any patients the practices or pharmacies feel would struggle to cope with the change will be exempt and will be allowed to continue having prescriptions ordered on their behalf.

If you need help signing up to myGP or Patient Access, please speak to a receptionist on your next visit to the practice.

Anyone affected by this change who has concerns can email blackpool.medicinesoptimisation@nhs.netor call 01253 955480.

If you have a long standing, stable medical condition such as high blood pressure, epilepsy or diabetes, we are happy to provide repeat prescriptions for medication, in agreement with your GP.

A repeat prescription can be requested in writing or in person to the surgery. If a postal return is required, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Emis Access — online prescription request is available — please ask at reception for details.

Please Note: We do not accept requests for repeat prescriptions over the phone. Prescriptions will be available for collection within 48 hours of receiving a request (excluding weekends/bank holidays).

Important Information

Click here for information about items that will no longer be routinely prescribed by the GP.

Online Services

You will need to register for on-line prescriptions by bringing some photo ID (eg. Passport or Driving licence) to reception and filling in a registration form. You will then be given a password to access the on-line prescription facility.

Click the image below to order a repeat prescription

Sign in to Patient Access

Click here to download the application form for Patient Facing Services (Patient Access) (PDF, 146KB)

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