Woodingdean Medical Centre patients can now utilise the Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service, which is a new and easy way for patients to order their prescriptions.
Who can use the service?
All of our patients can use the POD and there is no registration necessary.
Call 0808 1647678 Mondays to Fridays between 8am and 4pm.
Why use this new service?
The service hopes to reduce prescription waste by helping to ensure patients order the medication they need, when they need it. Ordering your repeat prescription will be a quick and simple telephone call. You can discuss your medication requirements with a dedicated prescription co-ordinator.
How does NHS POD work?
You will be asked which GP practice you belong to and if you consent to your medical record being accessed to process your prescription request. You will be asked to confirm your identity by giving personal details such as name and date of birth. Each item on your repeat will be discussed and only those needed, will be ordered. The prescription is generated and sent electronically to your doctor to be signed, once signed by the doctor it will go electronically to your nominated pharmacy and be ready to collect in 3 working days.
Why are we offering this new service?
Our aim is to ensure that patients are receiving the correct quantity of medication needed in a timely manner, to reduce the amount of prescription waste in our area. Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS millions of pounds every year.
I am happy with my existing service. Do I have to change?
You will still be able to order your prescriptions online or in person by handing a request in at the practice, but will no longer be able to order through the pharmacy. In order to reduce prescription waste we believe that patients need to take responsibility and control of their own medication needs. You can still use the same pharmacy to supply your medicines and any delivery arrangements should remain in place.
How can patients help reduce prescription waste?
- Check your medication cupboard before ordering more.
- Order prescription when you have 7 days of medication left.
- Let us know if you have stopped taking any of your medicines