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Changes to repeat prescription ordering

The way repeat prescriptions are ordered is changing.  From 30th June 2019 you will have to order your repeat prescriptions directly through our GP practice, and not your high street or internet pharmacy or appliance contractor.

To help with ordering repeat medication, you can sign up to Online Services, please speak to a receptionist about signing up.

For more information please see the West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group's website HERE

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

What is Changing?

The way repeat prescriptions are ordered is changing.  From the 30th June 2019 you will have to order your repeat prescriptions directly through The Old School Surgery and not your high street or internet pharmacy or appliance contractor.

What is Not Changing?

If you already order repeat prescriptions directly through your GP Practice this change will not affect you.  When you order your repeat prescription directly through The Old School Surgery, your pharmacy will continue to collect or receive your prescription as before.  Pharmacies may also continue to deliver your prescription if they offer this service.

How do I order my prescription through my GP practice?

You can order repeat prescriptions through The Old School Surgery online, by post or in person by using the tick slip, which is the right-hand side of your prescription which lists your current repeat medication.

Find out more on the West Leicestershire CCG website.

Dispensing Patients

Please note this does not affect the surgery dispensing patients. Please order your prescription in the normal way.

Enhanced Summary Care Record

If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland you can sign up to an enhanced summary care record.

Staff in hospitals, ambulance crews, NHS 111, out of hours and social care services do not routinely have access to individuals GP medical records.  By consenting to an Enhanced Summary Care Record we can all help health and care staff to treat us more quickly and effectively, enabling them to make better and safer decisions.

You will already have a core Summary Care Record, but by spending a couple of minutes to complete the consent form to enhance your records you could end up saving your life.

The record can include details of illnesses and health problems, past operations and vaccinations, treatment preferences, information about the kind of support needed, and who should be contacted if more information is required.

Please encourage your family and friends to sign up too.  You can download the consent form and then return the completed form to the surgery (reception). Or next time you are talking to someone at your practice why not give your consent verbally?

This information will be managed securely in line with the NHS Care Records Guarantee.  The Record will only be accessed by health and care staff if consent is provided by the patient, unless they are unconscious or unable to communicate and they believe that accessing the record is in the patient's best interest.

Medical Students

The Old School Surgery will be accommodating medical students, when you attend your consultation the medical student may be present.

Good Hand Hygiene

Catch it. Bin it. Kill it – good hand hygiene this winter

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That’s why it is important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious - seek advice from your pharmacist.

Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours. To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap

To find out more about how to wash your hands (tip: it should take you 20 seconds, enough time to sing Happy Birthday twice) then please visit the NHS Choices website for more.

Taking ANTIBIOTICS when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant.  That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.  This puts you and your family at risk of a more severe or longer illness.

REMEMBER if you're feeling unwell ANTIBIOTICS aren't always needed.

How to look after yourself and your family: If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven't been prescribed antibiotics, here are some effective self-care ways to help you feel better:-

  • Ask your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain.
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Make sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty
  • Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself in most cases.  You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of fever
  • Make sure to use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading your infection to family and friends.

How long should my symptoms last for?

Here are a few guidelines to help you judge how long some common illnesses and symptoms should last for:-



Most people

are better by

Earache (middle ear infection)

8 days

Sore throat

7 – 8 days

Sinusitis (adults only)

14 – 21 days


14 days

Cough or bronchitis

21 days

If you're not starting to improve by these guide times, contact your GP or call NHS 111.

These symptoms are possible signs of serious illness and should be assessed urgently:-

  1. If your skin is very cold or has a strange colour, or you develop an unusual rash.
  2. If you feel confused or have slurred speech or are very drowsy.
  3. If you have difficulty breathing. Signs can include; breathing quickly, turning blue around the lips and the skin below the mouth, skin between or above the ribs getting sucked or pulled in with every breath.
  4. If you develop a severe headache and are sick.
  5. If you develop chest pain.
  6. If you have difficulty swallowing or are drooling.
  7. If you cough up blood.
  8. If you are feeling a lot worse.

If you or your child has any of these symptoms, and getting worse or are sicker than you would expect (even if your/their temperature falls), trust your instincts and seek medical advice urgently from NHS 111 or your GP.  If a child under the age of 5 has any of symptoms 1-3 go to A&E immediately or call 999.

When ANTIBIOTICS are needed

Antibiotics are needed for serious bacterial infections including:

  • Sepsis
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea
  • Meningococcal meningitis

If you're worried, speak to a doctor who will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your symptoms.

Remember never share antibiotics or keep for later use.  For more information on antibiotics visit 

Become an Antibiotic Guardian and protect yourself, your family and friends against the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Join us at:-

Self Care Guidance for Minor Ailments

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

After talking to patients about over the counter medicines for minor conditions and understanding their experiences, the local Clinical Commissioning Group is asking GPs to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas.  Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead at the local pharmacy.

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise people about suitable treatment for minor conditions.  They are a great source of information, advice and guidance and you can buy your medicines cheaply and easily for minor conditions.  The pharmacist will check the medicine is appropriate for you and your health problem.  They will ask questions to ensure there is no reason why you should not use the medicine.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist you can still make an appointment to see your GP.

By visiting your pharmacy you will help to free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs.

Or visit: 

People can access advice on self-care at:-

More information on the changes to prescribing is available at:-

or people can speak to their Community Pharmacist or GP practice

Non-Funded Services

We regret to announce that from the 1st October 2017, due to inevitable cuts to GP funding, coupled with increasing demands for doctors/nurse time, it has been necessary to stop providing the following non-essential services:-

Ear Syringing

The following websites will be able to provide you with further information:-


Adults - referral by a doctor to the service

Children services call 0116 295 3919 or

Routine Pregnancy Testing

Insulin Initiation or Conversion

Chlamydia Screening

Compression Bandaging

Sexual Health Screening

The following websites will be able to provide you with further information:-

St Peters Health Centre =

National Diabetes Audit: helping to improve diabetes care

The Old School Surgery is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

To take part, The Old School Surgery will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA.  The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

For further information about how your information is used please see the NDA patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet

Taking part in the NDA shows that The Old School Surgery is committed to improving care for people with diabetes.

Important Patient Information - if you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse.  This will not affect your care.

QuitReady Service is here to help

If you are ready to quit smoking, the Leicestershire County Council's new QuitReady service is up-and-running for people who want to add their name to the welcome statistic. QuitReady Leicestershire offers free and confidential text, phone and web chat advice, for more details visit or call 0345 646 6666.

Your NHS needs you!
Reduce Prescribing Waste!


That unused drugs cost about £300 Million a year in the UK on unused or partially used medication?

Even if you never open them, once you leave a pharmacy your medicines cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.


11,778 MORE community nurses or
80,906 MORE Hip Replacements or
19,779 MORE Drug Treatment Courses for Breast Cancer
300,000 MORE Drug Treatment Courses for Alzheimer's or
312,175 MORE Cataract Operations


Before heading to the pharmacy, take a look in your medicine cabinet to see what you actually need.


There are a number of ways that you can help to reduce the issue of wasted medicines and save money for your local NHS.


  • Please let your GP or Pharmacist know if you've stopped taking any of your medicines
  • Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering
  • Discuss your medication with your GP or Pharmacist on a regular basis.
  • Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription form and only tick those you really need.
  • If you don't need the medicine please don't order it! If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it.
  • If you need to go into hospital, please remember to take all your medicines with you in a clearly marked bag.

Please also remember that your medicines are prescribed only for you: it's not safe to share them with anyone else.


  • Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the Pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
  • Please take your unused medicines to the Pharmacy for safe disposal.


  • Return out of date medicines to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal.
  • If your medicines change - return your old medicines to the pharmacy for safe disposal to avoid mixing them up with your new medicines.
  • Don't stockpile medication - it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them.
  • Store medicines in an appropriate place out of reach of children - away from heat and not above boiling kettle!

NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted
medicines down the toilet.

Weight Management

Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service 

  • Is your weight affecting your health?
  • Would you like help to lose weight and create a healthier lifestyle for you and your family?

If the answer is YES, there are a whole range of services on offer, FREE of charge for you to access, such as:

For Adults:-

  • 10 week NHS lead LEAP course – physical activity and healthy eating
  • 12 week Weight Watchers Vouchers

For Families:-

  • 8 week NHS lead Family Lifestyle Club (FLic) - physical activity and healthy eating for the whole family

If you would like to find out more about these courses or other activities run by the Leicestershire Nutrition and Diabetic Service call 0116 222 7192 (Quoting: C82027) 


visit their website at

Electronic Prescribing

The Electronic prescription service is available in our practice. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.

If you collect your prescriptions from your GP you will not have to visit the practice to pick up paper prescriptions. Instead the GP will send them electronically to a pharmacist you choose saving time.

You will have more choice about where to get your medications from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.

If you would like to use this service you need to choose a pharmacy for the practice to send your prescription to. This is called a nomination, you can do this at your chosen pharmacy. You DO NOT need a computer to have this service.

If you would like more information ask your pharmacy or the practice.


West Leicestershire Public Membership

Becoming a member of West Leicestershire CCG is completely free. 

As a member you can have your say about how the NHS services are provided in your area. Our members tell us that the best part about being a member is getting their voices heard and being involved in the process. 

You can be involved as much or as little as you like and we will always make sure you are kept up-to-date by sending you regular e-mails and covering important topics in the membership magazine.

The membership scheme has two strands. 

Be heard provides:

  • opportunities to have a say on how NHS services are provided in your area
  • getting involved with any public consultations we are doing
  • information on NHS services you are interested in
  • take part by completing surveys and attending events
  • signposting to other parts of the NHS

Be healthy provides:

  • offers and incentives to improve your health
  • information on healthy living activities and facilities in your local area
  • information on healthy living courses and activities you can join into
  • advice and support on healthy living from our experts
  • opportunity to become a member volunteer to get involved in your community

If you would like to join the membership please do so online at or by calling 0300-5555345

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