Before you make a request for a repeat prescription, please, stop and ask yourself - Do I still use all the medication on my repeat prescription?  If you are not using everything, please inform the surgery.  Many thanks.


Prescriptions take at least 5 working days to be completed.  However, as we do not work weekends, they are not included within the 5 working days. 

Collecting Prescriptions

We request that, where possible, you collect prescriptions between 10.00 am and 12.00, and after 3.00 pm.  Thank you. 

Repeat Prescriptions

You may request a repeat prescription by way of the following:

  • Tick the items required on the sideslip of your prescription.
  • Complete a repeat prescription order form, available at Reception.

The above can be handed in to Reception or posted to us.  If you use the postal option, please be aware of any postal strikes, and allow extra time for mail to reach us. 

  • Online via the link at the top of this page (you will need to come to the Practice to request a username and password).

All repeat medication will be ready in 5 working days.

It is our Practice policy to dispense one month's supply of medication at each prescription repeat.

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see the Doctor regularly for a medication review.


Don't Run Out

Please ensure that you request your next prescription in plenty of time before your current supply runs out; particularly if posting your request when approaching a public bank holiday or when you are planning your annual holiday.

All repeat medication will be ready in 5 working days.

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Blake House Surgery, like many other small rural medical practices, has its own dispensary.  Therefore, we can supply most medication, dressings and appliances.  All routine medications and emergency treatments are kept in stock.

We have the provision to dispense to patients who live more than one mile, in a straight line, from their nearest chemist.  The Health Service regulations on this matter are very strict and this service can only be offered to those patients who register as 'dispensing' when they join the Practice or when they move.

For further information, please ask Reception staff.

Halwill Junction Collections

This service is for patients who live in Halwill Junction and the surrounding area.

You may collect your medication from Halwill Parish Hall on Wednesdays between 13:00 and 13:30.

Alternatively, if you are unable to collect at this time, your medications can be left at the village shop 'The Junction Corner News' on a Wednesday after 13:30, for you to pick up when more convenient. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to deliver Controlled Drugs or items that need to be kept refrigerated, to the shop.

If you would like to use this service, please inform the surgery when you order your medication.

Shebbear Shop Collections

For patients who live in Shebbear and surrounding areas.

We drop off prescriptions on a Monday and Wednesday night, ready for Tuesday and Thursday collection.

We ask that prescriptions are collected within 2 weeks of them being sent to the shop.

Unfortunately, we are not able to deliver Controlled Drugs or items that need to be kept refrigerated, to the shop.

If you would like to use this service, please contact Reception to register for or inform us when ordering your medication.  Alternatively, a form to complete can be found in our 'Online Forms' section of the website.

Please allow 5 working days, prior to our drop off dates, for medication to be dispensed.

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS Costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free.  This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • Those on specific benefits, or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • Those who are age exempt
  • Those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Prescription Charges

These charges apply in England only.  In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item):                            £9.65
  • 12 month prepayment certificate (PPC): £111.60
  • 3 month prepayment certificate (PPC):     £31.25

If you will have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in 3 months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it less expensive to buy a prepayment certificate (PPC).

  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

Generic Medicine

What Does This Mean?

A generic medicine is a medicine, which contains the same active ingredients as the original patented one.  However, it is less expensive to purchase. It is usually a different shape or colour to the original brand, but it does exactly the same job.


Why is This Good for the Patient?

As demands on the Health Service grow, generic medicines provide patients with safe and effective treatment while reducing the cost of pharmaceutical care.  Generic medicines are widely demanded in many EU countries and are increasingly prescribed by general practitioners.

Generic medicines stimulate competition between the pharmaceutical companies as soon as the patent on the original brands expires.  This means that your doctor can prescribe medicines safely and the costs to the surgery are reduced, allowing your surgery to provide more services for the budget they are given.