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Repeat Prescriptions

If you need repeat prescriptions, you will be given a printed list of medication with your prescription. This list can be used to order your medication by ticking the relevant box and returning it to the surgery or your usual chemist.

Please give three working days in notice

You can also order via an online request, via your local chemist or in writing and delivered/posted to the surgery - you can also request via email:

The prescription can then be picked up from the surgery or sent to your nominated chemist in Bicester, ensuring you give us 3 working days to complete your request. Please note, we will process your request as usual and if the dispenser needs to, they will get in touch with you - we don't usually reply to requests if there is no query.

We ask that requests for medication to be made approximately a week before you run out, your assistance with this will be much appreciated. Requests made too early may not be processed, however if the early request is due to holiday for example please be sure to notify the dispensary at the time of making the request so it can be actioned.

We are able to dispense to all our patients in rural areas - if you live in a village and would like to take advantage of our dispensing service then please contact the dispensary. 

As part of good clinical practice, repeat prescriptions are reviewed regularly by your doctor, who may insist on seeing you before issuing a repeat prescription, so at these times the process may take a little longer. Please ensure that you re-order in good time to avoid running out of your medication.

Please check all items carefully to ensure they are correct, and if, for any reason, you do not complete a course of medication or it becomes out of date, please return it to the dispenser for safe disposal.

We regret that we are unable to accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions. This is for security and safety purposes.

Antibiotic Prescribing

As part of good clinical practice we only prescribe antibiotics when appropriate to do so. Many cases of, for example, sore throats, earache and coughs are caused by viruses and do not respond to antibiotics. These conditions will resolve with time and the use of symptomatic treatment. We are always happy to review you if the symptoms persist.


We dispense prescriptions for those patients who live more than one mile from the nearest pharmacy.

The dispensary at Victoria House Surgery is open at the following times:

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm

If you would prefer to collect your medication from Langford or Ambrosden Surgery, please make your preference known to the Dispenser, or a Receptionist, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. You will be able to collect your medication at Ambrosden Surgery at the following times:

Mondays 11.00am to 1.00pm

Wednesdays 10.00am to 12.00pm

On Fridays between 11.00 – 12.00, please ring the doorbell on the front door to collect your prescriptions.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

The below leaflet outlines how the service functions. If you would like to have your prescription electronically sent to a nominated Pharmacy, please contact either your preferred Pharmacy or the Reception team. > EPS Leaflet

New restrictions on prescribing Over-the-Counter medicines

We have been given new guidelines by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) regarding the prescribing of medicines which patients can buy over the counter (OTC) at, for example, the local pharmacy or supermarket.

This list is illustrative and not exhaustive but shows where prescribers (GP's and in some cases Nurses) may consider asking you to buy OTC medicines rather than providing you with a prescription:

  • Paracetamol unless more than 32 tablets per week are required for a chronic condition
  • Ibuprofen and other OTC NSAIDs unless more than 28 tablets per month are required on an ongoing basis for a chronic condition
  • Topical NSAIDs and equivalents unless required for a chronic condition that is not expected to improve and where patients are not suitable for oral NSAIDs
  • Oral and/or topical antihistamines except where required on a continuous basis for chronic rhinosinusitis and chronic uritcaria
  • Antacids (anyone requiring more than occasionally is likely to be more suitable for a PPI or equivalent)
  • Ear drops to soften wax or cleanse ear canals in management of mild otitis externa unless required for prevention of chronic or recurrent otitis externa
  • Eye drops/ointments for dry eyes unless OTC preparations are ineffective are one month trial
  • Sodium cromoglycate eye drops unless for an indication other than seasonal allergies
  • Topical treatments for heamorrhoids unless failure to respond to OTC preparations containing steriod and local anaesthetic
  • Topical local anaesthetic cream
  • Topical crotomiton for skin irritation
  • Topical steroids (hydrocortisone or clobetasone butyrate) except where they have proved ineffective or a larger quantity than 30g is required
  • Topical anitfungals unless combination with steroid required
  • Topical aciclovir
  • Topical scalp treatments for seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis unless failure to respond after one month of regular treatment to antifungal AND tar-based preparations
  • Bath and shower emollients unless recommended by a specialist dermatologist (this does not affect topical moisturisers, only wash products)
  • Topical moisturisers (except where required for a chronic skin condition or for skin care in the elderly who would otherwise be at risk of skin breakdown)
  • Vitamin D except for established osteopenia or osteoprosis or on advice of renal unit
  • Vitamin B12 1000micrograms for those found to have a low B12 (except in those with megaloblastic anaemia, evidence of pernicious anaemia or gastrectomy)
  • Topical treatmet for oral candidiasis
  • Antiseptic mouth washes
  • Oral nutritional supplements (except when being used in line with the latest OCCG guidance on when these may be prescribed)
  • Gluten-free foods (except when being used in line with the latest OCCG guidance on when these may be prescribed)

You can find out more about this by reading the latest guidelines from the OCCG here.

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