Controlled drugs can now be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy.

What does this mean?

This means if you have a nominated pharmacy, you will no longer need to collect your controlled drug prescription from the GP practice; it will be sent electronically. This includes gabapentin and pregabalin which were newly registered as controlled drugs very recently as well as tramadol and morphine.

Please consider nominating a pharmacy if you have not already done so, if you do not have a nominated pharmacy your repeat prescription cannot be sent electronically.

What are the advantages of having a nominated pharmacy?

  • If you currently collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP, you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the pharmacy of your choice, saving you time.
  • The prescription is likely to be ready to collect sooner after you order it. It can take us up to 2 working days to process paper requests and by doing things electronically, especially if your register for online services form to register to order your medication online.
  • You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
  • The pharmacy will have more time to get your prescriptions ready before you arrive, meaning they’ll be less waiting time on collection. You may want to contact your pharmacy to see if your medications are ready for collection in the first instance.

All printed prescriptions need to be collected from Ashton Medical Group, Chapel House, Chapel Street. This is a one minute walk from Bedford house and Tame Valley (Glebe House).

Please refrain from collecting prescriptions until after 11am.