Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
1 Leighton Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds LU7 1LB
Tel: 01525 372571
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Most patients will be familiar with prescriptions which are signed and issued by doctors which allow you to receive your medicines.

Making better use of your money in the NHS

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has introduced an initiative to get better value for your money on prescription medicines. Every year in Bedfordshire alone over half a million pounds is spent on some prescription medicines that are ‘poor’ value for money, which is money that we are not able to spend in other areas of healthcare.

Therefore the Practice will no longer be prescribing these particular medicines:

  • Medicines that are nationally recognised as having 'limited clinical value', this may be because the evidence does not show a benefit or because there are safer alternatives
  • Medicines that are not recommended by national organisations such as NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)
  • Expensive brands where a less costly generic form is available (i.e. the same drug prescribed under a different name)
  • Medicine that is more typically associated with self-care such as cough and cold remedies, hayfever remedies and nasal sprays for occasional use, antifungal nail paints, haemorrhoid treatments, gripe water, colic products and topical warming rubs. All of these can be purchased from your local pharmacy, with advice from the pharmacist, for self-care. You do not need a doctor's appointment or prescription for these medicines.
  • Food supplements such as glucosamine, fish oils, multivitamins, probiotics and complementary therapies that are a ‘lifestyle choice’ as the evidence does not support their use.
  • Travel vaccines that are nationally classed as private vaccines such as Rabies, Yellow fever and hepatitis B
  • Medicines that only have a cosmetic benefit rather than a health benefit

By spending less on medicines like these the money saved can be used for treating longer term conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

The doctors, and practice staff would appreciate your support and understanding by not being asked to provide a prescription for these products.

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

What is a Repeat Prescription?

A repeat prescription is a medication that your doctor has authorised on your medical records which can be supplied for a certain period of time on a regular basis without you needing to see your doctor each time. Repeat prescriptions are normally authorised for a period of 6 to 12 months but this may vary with the type of medicine and at the doctor's discretion.

How do I get my prescription?

Your doctor will usually give you your first prescription which will have 2 parts. The GREEN slip is the actual prescription which you give to the pharmacist to obtain your medication. The WHITE side shows the list of drugs that you can order as repeat issues. We also call this the repeat counterfoil. Please keep this as you need it to order more medication.

To order more medication:

Please mark only those items that you need by ticking each item on the Counterfoil. Please do not tick items that you do not need.

Then place the Counterfoil in the prescription request box in the porch at the surgery. Please give the Practice 3 days excluding weekends and Bank Holidays before collection.

Please make your request in good time to ensure that you do not run out of medication. Please do not stock pile medication.

Other ways to order repeat medication:

  • There are forms in Reception if you have mislaid your counterfoil.
  • Written requests: you can send a written request by post to the Practice with a stamped addressed envelope so that it may be returned to you.
  • Online services: log on and register to the online services.

We are unable to take requests over the telephone. This is for your own safety and security so we appreciate your understanding. 

We are very sorry to say that SystmOne has modified the online ordering system so that you can only order five medications at any one time.

If you need to order more than five items please order five the normal way and then go back to the medication screen and order the remaining

Changes to the way your prescription is handled

Dated: 10-Mar-17

On the 4th April 2017 we are changing to electronic prescribing – this means no paper prescriptions.Your prescription will go electronically to your chemist.

What do you need to do now?

Tell your chemist you want to collect your medication from them and they will do the rest!

No need to come to the surgery to collect your prescription
No need to take it to the chemist
No need to go back and collect your medication
It will all be done for you

Speak to your chemist today!

Prescription Charges

The current charge for each item issued is £8.60.

Some people are entitled to free prescriptions. Examples include:

  • aged under 16 or 60 or over
  • if you are pregnant
  • medical exemption

Check NHS form HC11 for full details, copies are also available from the Dispensary.

If you have to pay for prescriptions and need more than 5 items in 4 months or 14 in 12 months you could save money by buying a Pre-payment Certificate, download the application form FP95, copies are also available from the Dispensary.

The cost of a prepayment cert is £29.10 for 3 months and £104.00 for 12 months.

We now accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American Express and Diners).

The Practice Dispensary

Collecting your medicine from the Surgery

The Practice can dispense medication to those patients who live more than a mile (as the crow flies) away from a chemist, this is mainly those living outside the Leighton Buzzard area. Unfortunately we are unable to offer a dispensing service to patients who live within a mile (as the crow flies) of a chemist

Our Dispensary is staffed by qualified Dispensers (Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6.30pm, Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6.00pm) who will be able to deal with any queries you may have about your medication. Dispensary also offer telephone appointments to deal with any queries you may have, please book through reception.

Prescriptions and dispensed medication may be collected from reception when the surgery is open. However if dispensary is closed, receptionists will not be able to deal with any medication queries.

Collecting your medicine from a chemist

All chemists in the town offer a collection service, which means you order your prescription from us then contact the chemist of your choice and ask them to collect two working days later, you then go directly to that chemist to collect the medication. Some chemists offer a daytime delivery service contact individual chemists for details.