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Prescriptions

Please allow at least 3 working days for repeat prescriptions to be processed.

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By phone…

Cromwell Harbour Practice  ::  01368 861 401

Lauderdale Practice  ::  01368 861 435

Whitesands Practice  ::  01368 863 226

By web…

If you have registered to use the online prescriptions service, click on one of the buttons below.

Cromwell Harbour  Lauderdale  Whitesands

If you wish to register for the online service, please contact your practice reception for more details.

Types of Prescription

There are three main types of prescription:

  • Repeat prescriptions are those which enable patients to request medication that is taken frequently, a number of times within a set period – usually 6-12 months.  These can be quickly and easily arranged with your practice reception team, and have a faster turnaround.  You can also request these easily through the online prescription system.  A list of your repeat prescriptions can be seen on the right side of your prescription paper.
  • Acute prescriptions are those which are issued as a one-off after seeing a nurse or GP.  If you feel you need more of a drug that has been issued on an acute prescription, this will be reviewed by a member of our clinical team before issue, and this sometimes requires a phone or face-to-face consultation.
  • Private prescriptions are those which are for medications which are not funded by NHS services.  Your GP will let you know more about this if necessary when issuing this type of prescription.  It is then up to the pharmacist to charge an appropriate fee for the medication and dispensing work, which you should discuss with them in advance.

Your practice reception team will help you to request medication and will let you know if clinician review is required before issue.

Local pharmacy services

Our three local pharmacies collect prescriptions from the medical centre at least once or twice a day.  This means that we can easily send your prescription to them.  We work closely with our pharmacy colleagues to make medication available quickly, however please be aware that it can take longer for some medications to be obtained, for example if there is a shortage of the medication.

The following information is provided to the best of our knowledge, however please be aware that circumstances may change and you should check directly with the pharmacy regarding opening times if this is important to you.

  • Aitkens Pharmacy is at 67 High Street, Dunbar.  They can be contacted on 01368 863 727.
    • Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm;  Saturdays 9am-1pm.
  • Linton Pharmacy is at 1 Bridge Street, East Linton.  They can be contacted on 01620 860 219.
    • Opening times are Mon-Fri  9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm;  Saturdays 9am-12.30pm.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy is at 25 High Street, Dunbar.  They can be contacted on 01368 862 305.
    • Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm;  Saturdays 9am-1pm.

You can also request to collect your prescription from the medical centre if you prefer.

Medicine shortages

A number of reasons can result in some medications being very difficult to source.  Your pharmacist and GP team will try their utmost to keep your medicines available, however for more information about national shortages and the reasons behind them, you can find out more here.

When your pharmacy is closed

There are some pharmacies that are open later or during the out-of-hours period.  We offer the information below in case you are provided with a prescription by the out-of-hours service, or if you already have a prescription and need to take this to a pharmacy outwith the above opening hours.  Please check with the pharmacy website/directly by phone if you a making a trip specifically to them – we cannot guarantee that opening times will be continually updated.

  • Boots Fort Kinnaird is at the Fort Kinnaird Retail Park.  They can be contacted on 0131 669 4428.
    • Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-8.30pm; Saturdays 9am-6.30pm; Sundays 9.30am-6pm.
  • Asda The Jewel is at 100 The Jewel, Brunstane, Edinburgh.  They can be contacted on 0131 454 4010.
    • Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Saturdays 9am-8pm; Sundays 9am-6pm.

Forgotten medication

If you are visiting our practice area and have run out of medication that is normally prescribed for you, we realise this can cause some anxiety until your situation is resolved.

  • The easiest and quickest way to obtain forgotten medication is to contact your own GP practice and ask them to fax a prescription to a pharmacy for you to collect.  You will need to liaise with the pharmacy to obtain their fax number, and also to check that they are willing to take a prescription in this way, and to check that they can supply (or obtain) your medication in the time required.
  • Some pharmacists may be able to issue medication on an emergency basis, and this may require a private dispensing fee.  You can read more about this here.
  • If the above steps are not possible, you may need to register with us as a temporary resident.  Please be patient to allow our reception teams to go through the necessary checks, and if necessary, confirm your medication requirements with your own GP.
  • In the out-of-hours period, and when local pharmacies are closed, you should call NHS 111 for further advice if you are worried about missing your medication until normal GP services are open again.  Please be ready to travel, including to an out-of-hours centre in East Lothian and/or to a pharmacy that is open at the time required.

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