Advice from the NHS

Posted on 02nd September 2010 | in Community

Ordering your repeat prescriptions
On line Simply ask our receptionist for a username and password to allow you to log onto our prescription website. Once you have your login details you can follow the link on our prescription page to place your order.

In person You can still use your prescription tear off slip to order your repeat medication. Put a tick beside the items you require and drop the slip into our prescription box in the surgery. Please remember to indicate if you want to collect your medication from the pharmacy or your prescription will be left for Health Centre collection.

By telephone You may continue to order your prescription by telephone at Amble Health Centre on 01665 710496 between 10.00am and 12.00 noon or between 2.00pm and 4.00pm..
Repeat dispensing This is a new way to get your regular prescriptions. If you use the same medicines regularly, you may be able to get repeat dispensing direct from your Pharmacist. After your initial repeat prescription has been authorised by your doctor or nurse you can get repeats for up to a year. Please ask at reception.

Managed repeats Boots Pharmacies in Amble and Broomhill also offer a repeat prescription service whereby they order your repeat prescriptions on your behalf. This saves you from having to contact the health centre when it is next due. Please ask receptions for further details.

Dispense your views on pharmacy services
Residents are being asked to complete a questionnaire as part of an assessment of the quality and availability of pharmacy services in the county.

NHS North of Tyne, which works on behalf of Northumberland Care Trust, will use the results of the questionnaire to inform a draft pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA). There will then be a period of formal public consultation on the draft PNA.

To access the questionnaire online please visit www.northoftyne.nhs.uk. If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire please telephone 0191 217 2599 or email contactus@northoftyne.nhs.uk. The questionnaire will be available until 1st September 2010

Think pharmacy first for hay fever this summer
Sniffles, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches and nasal congestion are just some of the irritating side effects of hay fever. Your local pharmacist can offer a private consultation and recommend over the counter remedies for minor ailments like hay fever.

People entitled to free prescriptions because they are aged over 60 or on a low income can be treated under the Think Pharmacy First scheme.

Been caught out? – Time for Plan B
Accidents can happen but if you experience a mishap while having sex, it’s time to activate Plan B – the free emergency contraception that can prevent unplanned pregnancy.

Under the Plan B scheme, women of all ages can call into participating pharmacies and ask for the emergency contraception pill, which can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. In some cases emergency contraception is suitable up to five days after unprotected sex but we recommend women seek advice as soon as possible.

To find out where your nearest Plan B pharmacy is contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 – or look out for the Plan B sign displayed in pharmacies and health centres.

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