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Dr A Hayat & Partners, Belle Isle Health Park, Portobello Road, Wakefield, WF1 5PNTel: 01924 334451
The practice no longer accepts repeat prescription requests from pharmacies on behalf of patients. THIS INCLUDES ANY ONLINE PHARMACIES.
We do not accept prescription requests over the phone so please order in person at the surgery, by post or online.
All pharmacies are still able to collect your repeat prescription from the surgery once it has been processed and deliver your medicines to you if they offer these services.
Please be assured that we are NOT affiliated to any pharmacy and will not provide your patient details to them.
On the right hand side of your prescription will be a duplicate of the items you may reorder. Please tear this off and keep it until you need to reorder. You can either post or deliver it to the Practice, clearly ticking which items you require. If you wish to collect your medication from The Pharmacy/Chemist please inform the Receptionist when you re-order.
Please allow 24 hours notice, excluding weekends and bank holidays, for your prescription to be processed. If you are going away on holiday and require your prescription issuing in advance please make sure the Prescription Clerk is aware of this. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
At some point it will be necessary for your repeat medication to be reviewed. This can be done via an appointment at the surgery. Any medication reviews undertaken over the telephone are at the discretion of the doctor.
We understand that schools may ask parents to provide a prescription for over the counter (OTC) medication for their child as they will not administer such medication unless they are prescribed by a GP. The GPs at Maybush are unable to oblige with this request.
GPs would not normally prescribe simple OTC medications for any patient, including children, and a doctor’s prescription should not therefore be required before administering such medicines to a child. MHRA licenses all medicines and classifies them as OTC when it considers it safe and appropriate that they may be used without a prescription.
It is appropriate therefore for OTC medicines to be given, or authorised, by parents when they consider it necessary. This may be in a home or nursery or school environment. The Practice would therefore consider it a misuse of GP time to provide an appointment for a child with the sole purpose of acquiring a prescription for an OTC medicine, to satisfy the ruling of a nursery or school.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage effective from April 2017, identifies current national standards for day care and childminding from birth to five, whereby non-prescription medication can be administered if the parent has given prior written consent for the administration of any medication. For ease of reference it states (page 27):
"Prescription medicines must not be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist (medicines containing aspirin should only be given if prescribed by a doctor). Medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) must only be administered to a child where written permission for that particular medicine has been obtained from the child’s parent and/or carer. Providers must keep a written record each time a medicine is administered to a child, and inform the child’s parents and/or carers on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable."
The Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions - December 2015 statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools & proprietors of academies in England may be accessed at:
It states (page 20):
"No child under 16 should be given prescription or non-prescription medicines without their parent’s written consent – except in exceptional circumstances where the medicine has been prescribed to the child without the knowledge of the parents. In such cases, every effort should be made to encourage the child or young person to involve their parents while respecting their right to confidentiality. Schools should set out the circumstances in which non-prescription medicines may be administered. A child under 16 should never be given medicine containing aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor. Medication, e.g. for pain relief, should never be administered without first checking maximum dosages and when the previous dose was taken. Parents should be informed"
This approach is supported by Wakefield LMC who exists by government statute to advise and support GPs. If a patient is asked by school for a prescription for over the counter medicines, please click here to print the letter which can be handed in to your school.
The NHS belongs to everybody, and we all have a responsibility to ensure our NHS money is spent wisely. You can help by treating minor illnesses at home, for yourself and your family, with the support of your local pharmacist.
In 2018, Wakefield spent £1.2m on over-the-counter self care medicines; nearly £27k of that was at MAYBUSH MEDICAL CENTRE
Over the counter (OTC) medicines for self-care include things like treatments for mild pain relief, cough and cold remedies, and antihistamines for hay fever etc. You do not need to see a GP for these items as they can be bought from pharmacies and supermarkets without a prescription. They are also often cheaper this way. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and you dont need an appointment to see them.
Following a public consultation, MAYBUSH MEDICAL CENTRE will no longer be routinely prescribing the following OTC medicines for the treatment of minor, short-term illnesses and conditions:
More information can be found by clicking here
Thank you for your understanding.
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 3rd March 2020.
Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money. You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.
Read more about EPS on the NHS website.
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