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Dispensary

taking_medicineWe have provision to dispense to patients who live outside the town boundaries. The health service regulations on this matter are very strict and this service can only be offered to those patients who register as dispensing patients when they join the practice or when they move house. For further information, please telephone the surgery and a member of our dispensary staff will be pleased to answer your enquiries.

Dispensing

The practice is able to dispense medication for patients who live more than one mile from the nearest chemist. Medication can be collected from our dispensary following consultation with the doctor.


We are sorry but, in order to ensure that we are able to maintain the current level of turnaround, the dispensary will no longer be open during extended hours. 

This will take effect from Monday 8th January 2018.  It will be open daily from 8.00am until 6.30pm. 

We will also be closing every Thursday between 2.00pm - 4.00pm from 1.12.2017


How Your Pharmacist Can Help

Your pharmacist is there to advise you about medicines, common ailments and are able to tell you when you need to see a doctor.

If you...

  • need help choosing the right medicine
  • are not sure what is causing a problem or what to do about it
  • are unsure whether you need to see a doctor
  • want advice on how to stay healthy

...go and see your pharmacist.

To help your pharmacist help you, keep to the same pharmacy. That way they will get to know you and you will get to know the pharmacist and staff.

To get advice over the phone and find out about opening times, keep the pharmacy telephone number in a safe place.

Always tell your pharmacist if you are taking other medicines.

If you ask for a medicine, you may be asked a few questions to check that a particular medicine is suitable. BE SURE TO GIVE ALL THE INFORMATION REQUIRED.

Look in the Bag

GPs and pharmacists from across west Essex and Hertfordshire are working together to encourage people to consider the cost and health implications of not taking medicines as they are prescribed, or ordering medicines which are no longer needed. Research with patients and carers across the area suggests that prescription medicines are sometimes over-ordered ‘just in case’ they run out – leading to very expensive and potentially dangerous stockpiles of medicines in the home that have a limited life. Some patients are also reluctant to tell their GP surgery that they have stopped taking medicines that have been prescribed for them, which could lead to serious health problems. Patients are returning unused medicines to their pharmacy, but most don’t realise they cannot be re-used and must be destroyed – at a cost to the NHS. If a medicine is handed back to a pharmacist straight away, before the patient leaves the pharmacy, it can be recycled for another patient but once it has been taken outside the building it has to be destroyed. Medicines should never be thrown in the bin or flushed away.   Patients should be encouraged to:

  • check exactly what they have in their medicine cupboard before ordering repeat items
  • check whether they already have more than one month’s supply of anything that they need to take regularly.

With the specialist advice available from your pharmacist, you can treat yourself and save yourself time and inconvenience.

 
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