What happens in an emergency?
If you have any problems, queries or difficulties, or if you have accidently run out of your medication a dispenser is available to offer advice and assistance. If they do not know the answer they will speak to someone who does and get back to you within a reasonable period of time.
If our dispensary is closed the 'out of hours' pharmacy rota is listed each week in the West Briton or you can contact our 'out of hours' service provider on 01872 863221.
Can I Co-ordinate My Medicines?
We welcome the opportunity for each patient to co-ordinate their medicines. If you have different drugs being ordered at different times of the month please mention it to one of the members of staff and we can arrange for them to be ordered all at the same time. This will hopefully save time for you or your carer and only necessitate one trip to collect your medication each month.
How can I get a Drug Review?
If you have any queries or questions regarding any aspect of your medication please come and speak to one of the dispensers. You may benefit from a 'DRUM' which is a comprehensive review of the use of your medicines. An informal appointment can be made with a fully qualified dispenser or nurse to answer any queries or questions you may have at a time convenient to yourself.
Some of your queries maybe as follows:
I'm worried about when and how I should take my medicine
Are the medicines I buy from the Supermarket all right with my prescribed medication?
How should I store my medicines?
I am getting side effects with some of my medicines - is this normal?
If you answer 'Yes' to any of these questions come and discuss your medication with a dispenser or on your next visit to the GP.
Do You have a Delivery Service ?
The practice offers a prescription delivery service for housebound patients or patients who have very limited mobility.
The normal day for delivery is Thursday between the times of 9.00am and 5.00pm and we require all patients to sign for the medication on delivery.
This is a limited service, please speak to one of our dispensers to see if you are eligible.
Complaints & Suggestions
If you have any suggestions for the Dispensary please speak to one of the dispensers on duty. We will endeavour to resolve the matter as quickly and thoroughly as possible, however, if you have a complaint please ask to speak to our Practice Manager.
Reassuring our Patients - 'Your medication may look different on the outside - but essentially it's the same on the inside'
Your medicine may look different from your last prescription this may mean you have been prescribed what is known as a generic medicine
A generic medicine contains the same active ingredient as the equivalent original branded drug
Generic medicines are produced to the same standards of safety, quality and efficacy as original branded drugs
Generic medicines have to demonstrate in clinical studies that they are bioequivalent to the original product: ie.,they deliver equal medical benefits to the patient
The main benefit of generic medicines is that they are usually less expensive. Generic maufacturers do not have to recoup research costs
Each year generic medicines save the NHS around £9.5 billion
CARNON DOWNS SURGERY
IS A GENERIC PRESCRIBING SURGERY
The surgery uses many different Generic Suppliers but if you would like more information about generic medicines please click on the Chameleon above. The link will open a new page where many of your questions will be answered by a company called 'Teva' which is one of the suppliers we use here at Carnon Downs Surgery.