Belford Medical Practice
Northumberland NE70 7ER
Seahouses Health Centre
Northumberland NE68 7XZ
Dispensing of Prescriptions
We would like to make patients aware that our Contract with NHS England allow the practice to prescribe to all our patients but only allows us to dispense to patients who live more than a mile from a local chemist. If the local chemists are closed, we are permitted to dispense as an emergency measure to any patient who needs medication urgently.
All patients who are registered as Temporary Residents with the practice are entitled to have medication dispensed to them.
If you pay for your prescriptions we request payment is made at the point of collection
Patients on repeat medication can order prescriptions in person whenever the surgery is open. You can also send request by post. Online services are available 24hours a day. You need to register with the practice for online services to be able to access this facility. Telephone calls for prescription ordering will only be taken during the hours of 9am and 2pm.
It is necessary to give a minimum 2 working days notice for all prescriptions to be processed.
Please note Boots the Chemist at Seahouses are now requesting 3 working days notice. Medication ordered on a Monday will be ready for collection on a Thursday, Tuesdays orders can be collected Friday, Thursdays orders can be collected Mondays, Fridays orders can be collected Tuesday.
We deliver patients medications to the following sites for collection.
Lowick Shop, Beal Garage, Holy Island Post Office and Chatton Shop
Armstrong House, Bamburgh -
Tuesdays and Fridays
The Craster Arms Beadnell
Please note that patients who pay for their medication cannot leave monies at any of the remote sites. Payment must be made to the practice either by cheque cash or a bank transfer payment, please contact surgery for more details. All Prescriptions must be paid for prior to ordering further supplies.
Patients on regular medication may be required to attend the surgery for regular checkups and this will be at the doctor’s discretion.
Medication is prescribed on a monthly basis. Any Patient travelling out of the UK for an extended period will be allowed a prescription for a maximum of 3 months medication, if advance notice is given to the practice.
If a patient is likely to have significant difficulty in obtaining additional medication after a three month interval abroad, at the Doctors discretion a private prescription may be issued for the remaining time away. The practice will not make a charge for this but will not be able to dispense it privately.
Patients requiring medication urgently out of surgery hours, should ring 111