Information for patients

Where can I get an emergency supply of medicine?

It takes 48 hours (Monday – Friday) for your GP practice to prepare a prescription for you. It is important that you allow sufficient time for your GP to prepare your prescription and for your pharmacist to dispense the medication. Try not to run out of medicines that you need to take.

If you do run out of your medicines please ensure that you submit a prescription request to your GP immediately. Your practice will not be able to issue your prescription sooner (i.e. it will still take them 48 hours to produce the prescription) and therefore you will need to go to a local pharmacy, ideally the pharmacy that you usually use.

Pharmacists are able to issue an ‘emergency supply’ of your medicines. An ‘emergency supply’ is a supply of medicine to get you through until your prescription is ready.

  • The pharmacist will usually need to see you face to face
  • The pharmacist must agree that you need the medicine immediately
  • You will need to provide evidence that you have been prescribed the medicine before (this could be in the form of a labelled empty box of the medicines or a repeat prescription request form)
  • The pharmacist must be satisfied that the dose is appropriate for you to take

The quantity supplied will be at the pharmacist discretion but will usually not exceed 14 days supply.

If you usually pay prescription charges, the same charges will apply to ‘emergency supplies’.

The names, addresses and telephone numbers of the pharmacies providing an ‘emergency supply’ service can be accessed via the following link: Emergency Supply Service

The emergency supply service is provided during the pharmacy’s opening hours.

 

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Patient guides to using your inhaler

Table of Inhaler Types
Inhaler Leaflet Video
Accuhaler   pdf How to use your Accuhaler inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 47KB (47 KB) Accuhaler Video
Metered dose   pdf How to use your metered dose inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 117KB (116 KB) Metered Dose Video
Metered dose - large spacer pdf How to use your metered dose inhaler with large volume spacer device A4.pdf[pdf] 105KB (105 KB) Metered Dose (Large Spacer) Video
Metered dose - small spacer   pdf How to use your metered dose inhaler with small volume spacer device A4.pdf[pdf] 102KB (101 KB) Metered Dose (Small Spacer) Video
Autohaler   pdf How to use your Autohaler inhaler A4 2.0.pdf[pdf] 40KB (40 KB) Autohaler Video
Breezhaler   pdf How to use your Breezhaler inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 107KB (106 KB) Breezhaler Video
Clickhaler   pdf How to use your Clickhaler inhaler A4.pdf [pdf] 41KB (41 KB)  
Easy-Breathe   pdf How to use your Easi-breathe inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 41KB (41 KB) Easy-Breathe Video
Easyhaler   pdf How to use your Easyhaler inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 52KB (51 KB) Easyhaler Video
Ellipta   pdf How to use your Ellipta inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 39KB (39 KB) Ellipta Video
Forspiro   pdf How to use your Forspiro inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 127KB (126 KB) Forspiro Video
Genuair   pdf How to use your Genuair inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 107KB (106 KB) Genuair Video
Handihaler   pdf How to use your Spiriva HandiHaler inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 43KB (42 KB) Handihaler Video
NEXThaler   pdf How to use your NEXThaler inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 63KB (63 KB) NEXThaler Video
Novolizer   pdf How to use your Novolizer inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 102KB (102 KB) Novolizer Video
Respimat   pdf How to use your Respimat inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 162KB (161 KB) Respimat Video
Spiromax   pdf How to use your Spiromax inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 52KB (52 KB) Spiromax Video
Turbohaler   pdf How to use your Turbohaler inhaler A4.pdf[pdf] 49KB (48 KB) Turbohaler Video

Accuhaler inhaler

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Metered dose inhaler

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Metered dose inhaler with a large volume spacer device

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Metered dose inhaler with a small volume spacer device

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Autohaler inhaler

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Breezhaler inhaler

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Easy-Breathe inhaler

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Easyhaler inhaler

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Ellipta inhaler

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Forspiro inhaler

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Genuair inhaler

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Handihaler inhaler

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NEXThaler inhaler

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Novolizer inhaler

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Respimat inhaler

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Spiromax inhaler

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Turbohaler inhaler

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