The way you order your repeat prescriptions is going to change
If you have at least one medication that is a ‘repeat prescription’, meaning a medication that you can receive regularly without having to see your doctor each time, you should read the following:
What is changing? From Thursday 1st March 2018 onwards, your GP practice will only accept medication requests from you or your carer (apart from in exceptional circumstances by arrangement). If your medicine is currently ordered for you by your pharmacy or a dispensing company, you will now need to order it yourself directly from your GP practice.
If you or your carer already orders repeat prescriptions from your GP practice, you can continue to do this and will not be affected. If you have your prescription collected from your GP practice and delivered to your door by your pharmacy or dispensing company, this will still happen.
Why is this happening? It is important that you only order the medication that you currently require. Medicines that are not taken and are therefore wasted cost the NHS approximately £300 million every year. Locally, across Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs up to £6 million could be saved by reducing medicines waste.
Ways to order your prescription. The practice will only accept orders for prescriptions from you or your carer in the following way: -
- Online using FREE app Patient Access. To download the app search ‘patient access’ in your app store or visit https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk. Or ask at the practice.
- Handing in the white tear off part of the prescription normally received when you receive your medication from the pharmacy. Only individual items that are ticked will be issued.
- Request slip located in your practice reception.
- Fax 01772 518086
- Phone 01772 518080
- Who to contact if you need more support or information?
- If you feel you might need support ordering your repeat prescriptions or you know someone who might need help, please contact your GP practices in the first instance for further advice.
- Medicine Co- Ordinator Denise Yarwood on 01772 518080
Practice Purchases Dardsley House Site
Today on 29 September 2017 the practice purchased the site on Brownedge Road. It will be developed as the new site for Lostock Hall Medical Centre to open summer 2018.
Dardsley House was previously a doctor's house up to about 1950. As a child did you ever go there as a patient? We would love to hear your memories so we can share them with other patients. Does anyone know of any photographs of the building from that time or of Dr Sharples and Dr Cohen who worked there? Write to us or leave your details at reception so we can get in touch.
Patient Consultation - Possible Relocation of the Practice
Thank you to all patients who took part in the consultation over the proposed relocation of the practice to Dardsley House, Brownedge Road. We were pleased that 98% of patients who expressed an opinion were in favour of the move. This evidence helped us secure NHS / Greater Preston CCG approval for the move at the Delegated Commissioning Committee meeting on 2 August 2017.
An inspection of the practice by the Care Quality Commission on 26 June 2017 has resulted in an overall rating of GOOD, although some areas for improvement have been identified and are currently being addressed. See a link on our Home Page to see the full report on the CQC website.
Saturday Morning Clinics
As from April 2017 Saturday morning clinics have been reduced from weekly to 2 per month because of a temporary cut in regional NHS funding for this programme. Ask reception staff during the week for confirmation of whether the surgery is open the following Saturday.
Painting By F.V. Gornall
The practice is very grateful to the Gornall family for giving permission to use an image of this lovely painting of the surgery, on the home page of our website. Frank Gornall was a patient at the practice for many years until his death in 2011. Mr Gornall took up painting on retirement from British Aerospace under the careful instruction of his sister, an art teacher. In 1993 he presented this painting as a gift to Dr Prasad, the Lead GP at the time. Dr Prasad’s red Volvo can be seen in the foreground. Mr Gornall lived an eventful life, working in Australia for some period and in his younger years was on the books of Preston North End as a goalkeeper. Mr Gornall’s son and grandson continue as patients at the practice. The painting is now proudly on display in the practice staff room.
Booking appointments and repeat prescriptions online
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult calling in to book appointments and order prescriptions over the phone, but did you know that you can do this online? We offer this service to all our patients and if you are interested please come in to the practise and ask for login details at the reception.
The practise is now hosting a weekly smoking cessation clinic every Friday morning. If you need help giving up smoking please contact the practise to arrange an appointment or speak to your doctor or nurse on your next visit.
If you are interested in taking part in our Patient group, or a larger virtual Patient group please enquire at the reception in our practise.