Darwen Health Link, Darwen Health Centre, James Street West, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 1PYTel: 01254 226600
If your long-term medication has been approved on a repeat prescription basis there are a number of ways for you to order. Please ensure you only list the items you actually need rather than the whole list:
Please note, if you are on up to 6 regular medications per month please ask about our Repeat Prescribing System.
An acute prescription is for medication that you do not take on a regular basis. The Doctor may wish to leave you a prescription instead of a consultation; therefore the prescription will be ready for collection at 17:30 the same day of request.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a Doctor, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner or Practice Nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account. If you are collecting a prescription on behalf of someone else you may be asked to sign to say you have collected the items.
If you have any issues please telephone the prescription line
which is open between 08:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday
The Local clinical commissioning group (CCG) for Blackburn with Darwen carried out engagement with local GPs and local residents about the prescribing of medicines for minor ailments.
Around 1600 people took part in the engagement survey and there was overwhelming support that we should stop funding these types of prescriptions.
From the 3rd July 2017 these items included below will no longer be routinely prescribed
By keeping a selection of essential medications at home you can treat common conditions quickly and avoid trips to your GP. Store all medicines in a safe place, out of reach of children and always check expiry dates before using.
Return all out of date medications to your local pharmacist
Practice policy on Hypnotics and Anxiolytics
As a practice we encourage patients currently prescribed hypnotics or anxiolytics to seek advice with their General Practitioner (GP) who will be happy to review the medication and if appropriate develop a withdrawal regime.
This medication includes:
Please speak with our medication team if you require any further information either by phone on
01254 226600 (option 1) or in person at the medication desk based on the first floor of Darwen Health Centre.
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 extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
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