Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Patients on regular medication do not always need to see their doctor for a repeat prescription but can telephone on 01647 433320 pressing option 2 and leaving their request on the answer service(avoiding Mondays).  

You do need to see the doctor from time to time for checks first, but providing it is in order to issue a repeat, your prescription can be forwarded direct to the local chemist from where you may collect the medication.

Please let us know which Pharmcy you would like your repeat prescriptions sent.

Please note if you register for online services you can order your prescriptions online via the link at the top of this page.  To set you up for online services please call in with 2 pieces of photographic evidence and we will issue you with a username and password.

Please allow 48 hours notice to dispense your prescription.

Medicines Waste

Medicines waste is everyone's business

Did you know that as much as £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on unused medicines?

The money available to the NHS is limited so any money wasted could be better spent on other services; therefore this waste affects all of us.

The same amount could pay for approximately:

  • 730 heart bypasses
  • 1000 hip replacements
  • 2235 knee replacements
  • 10720 cataract operations

You can help us use this NHS money in Devon more wisely:

  • Check - look at your supplies - order only the items that you need
  • Listen - to the advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and take all medicines as instructed on the label.
  • Tell - your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if your medicines are not agreeing with you or you have stopped taking them.
  • Tick - using the counterfoil of the prescription, tick only the medicines you need and remember ' tick in haste - medicines waste'
  • Open - your bag of medication while at the pharmacy. If you have item(s) for the next month, please return these before leaving. 

Thank you for helping us save money 

Medicines for Self Care

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissiong group (NHS New Devon CCG) supports Chagford Health Centre to reduce its prescribing of medicines and supplies which have limited clinical value or are more suitable for patients to buy for themselves.  In some circumstances your doctor can still prescribe these medicines on the NHS if they believe a clinical need exists.

Why are we supporting self care?

There are three main  reasons why we are encouraging our patients to self care.

  • In 2014 NHS New Devon CCG spent almost £3.7 million on these medicines and supplies.  This money could have been better spent on treating more serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
  • Many of these products are cheap to buy and are readily available, along with advice, from pharmacies.  Some self care medicines are available in shops and supermarkets.
  • You do not need to make an appointment to speak to your pharmacist and many pharmacies are open at the weekend.  You can expect a confidential and discrete consultation with the pharmacist in a private area of the pharmacy.

What are self care conditions and supplies?

  • Athlete's foot
  • Coughs, colds, blocked noses, fevers and sore throats
  • Constipation, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Dry skin
  • Earwax (a few drops of olive oil is just as good as anything on prescription)
  • Excess sweating
  • Eye infections
  • Hair removing creams
  • Hayfever and allergies
  • Headlice (wet combing is recommended)
  • Herbal and complementary remedies
  • Indigestion remedies (for occasional use)
  • Mild acne and eczema
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor cuts and bruises
  • Minor sprains, sports injuries and scars
  • Mouth ulcers and cold sores
  • Nappy rash
  • Special dietary foods
  • Skin rashes
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Thrush
  • Travel medicines
  • Warts and Verrucas