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If you receive a letter or text advising you to shield for 12 weeks please adhere to this for your own safety. See list below.

At Very High Risk (Groups) for Shielding 12 weeks

People with a solid organ transplant such as a kidney or liver transplan

People with specific cancers:

People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD. See below. •

People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell) •

People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection •

People who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease • All patients on the following medications: Azathioprine, Mycophenolate (both types), Cyclosporin, Sirolimus, Tacrolimus.

IF shielding- Stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for at least twelve weeks.  

If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

If you already use www.patientaccess.com you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

Repeat Prescriptions

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If you need to remain on a certain medication for some time, the doctor may add this to the repeat prescribing system. This enables you to request specific prescriptions without seeing the doctor each time. 
For your safety and convenience, the system works as follows:

Please ensure you have an up to date and correct repeat prescription slip (the list of current medications on the tear off slip on the right hand side of your prescription). 

Clearly indicate which medication you require by ticking the items on the slip, and leave in the box by reception. You do not have to order them all each time.

Please allow 48 hours (2 working days) to process your prescription. This enables us to check, record, issue and sign the prescription. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not run out of medication before ordering your repeat prescription.

Not all medications, such as the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy, will be put on the repeat prescribing system. Good medical practice states that once a patient is established on these medications you will always need to see a clinician for a check up every 3-6 months before another prescription is issued.

For safety reasons, repeat requests will NOT be taken over the telephone.

If you send a representative to collect your prescription, they may be asked for identification. Please do not send children under 16 years of age to collect your prescription.

If you have any medications you no longer take or are out of date, take them to your pharmacy for disposal.

Please do not hoard large quantities of medication, this is both dangerous and wasteful.

Most medications will be issued for a two month period according to Department of Health recommendations, and are subject to review every 6-12 months when you will be asked to see a doctor or nurse. This is done to ensure that patients are on the appropriate medication and the correct dosage for a specified medical condition. It is also an opportunity to have a general health check.

Unfortunately, due to medico-legal reasons, a prescription given by a private physician may initially not be transferred to an NHS prescription. The doctor issuing the prescription takes responsibility for the prescription. Once the patient has been on the medication and written information is available from the private consultation the prescription may be transferred if the doctor feels this is appropriate.

In exceptional circumstances some medication may only be for issue in secondary care by your hospital consultant. The medication may not be supported by Redbridge CCG for use in primary care as it is unlicensed, or may need specialised monitoring by the physician. In this case we will be unable to issue the medication on the NHS.

 
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