Getting your medication
If, when you register with us, you are taking regular medication, you may need to arrange an appointment to discuss it with a GP or nurse. Start by downloading the NHS app here or register on a desktop at Patient Access. This will also allow you to book appointments, and see blood test results. It usually takes up to two working days to process any requests.
All repeat prescriptions are regularly reviewed. If your review date is overdue when you request your medication, we will ask you to book an appointment or telephone call. Please let us know if you will run out of medication before this appointment and we can organise an interim supply. As well as requesting repeat medicines on-line you can:
- Fill in a prescription request form available at reception. This should be put into the prescription request box in the waiting room.
- Ask your regular pharmacy to order your repeat prescriptions on your behalf.
- E-mail to L81133.email@example.com
If you are from overseas, you will need to book an appointment to discuss ongoing medication requirements. Some medications are not available on the NHS or will require a specialist to prescribe them.
Specialist Medication e.g. ADHD, hormone treatments, private prescriptions.
If you are on a medication that is managed by a hospital team then we may need additional information before we can prescribe your medication.We would need the most recent consultation letter from your hospital which should include details of your medication.
If you have seen a specialist privately, you may need to continue to have your medication prescribed by them, as some medications cannot be prescribed by GPs (e.g private hormonal treatments for gender transition) or cannot be prescribed on the NHS. Some medications can be prescribed by GPs but only if we have what is called a 'shared care agreement' which the consultant must sign. This is the case (in the Bristol area) for ADHD medications for example, even though in some other parts of the UK such medications can be prescribed by GPs. Please provide us with your most recent consultation letter with your psychiatrist. This needs to have been within the last year and must include the medication and dose that you are taking. We can out a shared carea greement to your specialist from our office.
Please email the office on L81133.firstname.lastname@example.org with any quieries.
Sending your prescription directly to a pharmacy
Students' Health Service now uses the electronic prescribing service (EPS) and can send your prescription directly to the pharmacy of your choice. We prefer to do all prescriptions this way if possible. This service can be particularly useful if you have regular repeat prescriptions or if you need to have a prescription sent to you while you are away from Bristol. We need the pharmacy name and post code at time of request.
Paying for your prescription
Anyone aged under 19 years in full time education does not have to pay for their prescription and contraception is also free of charge. read more about who can get free prescriptions here
If you are on more than three regular medications you may find it cheaper to purchase a pre-payment certificate.
This link explains when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional. If you have a long-term condition, self-care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
These websites are great for reliable advice:
- NHS Choices Conditions, symptoms and treatments
- Patient UK Healthy lifestyle information and symptom checker
- Healthtalk Living with health conditions
Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket, even if you qualify for free prescriptions.These include common conditions like hay fever, dry skin,sore throat and red eyes.
Follow this link to see the NHS England Guidance
Vitamins and supplements
Vitamins and supplements, such as Vitamin D, can be brought from supermarkets. pharmacies and health-food shops such as Holland and Barrett.
Flu vaccine is offered to eligible patients in the Autumn term. If you are not sure if you are eligible then you can find information here. You can access them in the following ways:
- Book an appointment with the nurse
- Visit a pharmacy that offers the service, if you are eligible for a free vaccine they will provide it, if you are not then you will need to pay for it.