CORONAVIRUS - PRESCRIPTIONS AND USE OF DISPENSARY:

Important information about Covid-19 and Ibuprofen:

The Commission of Human Medicines (CHM) has been asked to review the safety of ibuprofen in patients with COVID-19. The Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and contracting or worsening of COVID-19.

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

ACE Inhibitors e.g. Ramipril, Perindopril and Lisinopril and Angiotensin receptor blockers e.g. Candesartan, Valsartan, Losartan

Current advice is people taking these medications should continue to take them. If they become unwell such that they need to seek medical help, the doctor may advise stopping the drugs depending on their clinical condition.

 

Paracetamol

We understand that supplies of over the counter paracetamol are currently limited.  If you have been buying paracetamol to take on a daily basis for a long-term pain condition and require further supplies, please request a prescription using SystmOnline or email fordingbridge.dispensary@nhs.net.  Please give your name, date of birth, the details of the medication you are requesting and the reason for the request (i.e. what you are taking the medicine for) and any other relevant details.

Guidance from NHS

Over The Counter (OTC) paracetamol

OTC stocks of paracetamol have been depleted due to panic buying. Community Pharmacies are now able to pack down an appropriate quantity to cover a short illness from their dispensary stocks for people who have been unable to purchase a supply.  GPs should not be asked to prescribe in such circumstances.

NB: This does not apply to people who already have paracetamol on their repeat record for a chronic condition.

NSAIDs e.g. Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Diclofenac

There has been some concerns raised in the media around the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen in relation to Covid-19.  The Committee on Human Medicines and NICE have been asked to review the information in order for clear advice to be given.  In the interim, it is suggested that patients with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 infection should use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs (e.g. Ibuprofen).  Those currently taking NSIADs for other medical reasons (e.g. arthritis) should not stop them.

Inhaler Requests

If you normally use inhalers to manage asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), please continue to order these online using SystmOnline, the NHS App or by emailing fordingbridge.dispensary@nhs.net  Please do not order more often than usual or ask for extra inhalers to enable us to maintain supply.

We cannot issue prescriptions for inhalers to patients that have not ordered them in the last two years.  If you feel you need an inhaler, please complete an eConsult and a clinician will contact you to assess your condition.

Fordingbridge Surgery Dispensary

To minimise the spread of infection we are asking patients to leave 2 metres between the person in front and behind in the queue at the extrenal dispensary window for medication request or queries.  We also need your help to allow our prescription management service and dispensary to work as efficiently as possible during this challenging time. 

We will only be giving out medications at the external dispensary window.

Please request your prescription or send your query:

  • Online via SystmOnline or the NHSapp
  • By email to fordingbridgesurgery.dispensary@nhs.net
  • By completing the form in the box in the surgery foyer and posting it in the box (please use your own pen)

To avoid delay please include:

  • Name and dose of medication
  • The reason for the request
  • Whether the condition you are requesting it for has changed

Due to the pressures of dealing with Covid-19, please allow 5 working days between ordering and collecting your prescription items.

If the medication you are requesting is available over the counter from a chemist we will expect you to buy the medication while you are waiting for the 5 day turnaround.

Please remember that, in line with CCG guidance, our GPs should not be prescribing medication for minor ailments (e.g. paracetamol) that are treatable with medication to buy over the counter even if you qualify for free prescriptions.

We will no longer be issuing printed prescriptions, and all prescriptions will be sent electronically to your pharmacy to limit footfall to the surgery. If you have not been setup electronically with your pharmacist, you will be asked on the telephone for your nominated pharmacy so that your prescription can be sent there electronically.

Medication Collection for At Risk Groups

Social distancing is currently advised. If you are 70 or over, have a long term condition, are pregnant or have a weakened immune system, we would suggest that you only attend the surgery to collect your medication and otherwise contact the surgery online or by phone regarding medication.  

We are working on practical solutions for medication collection and delivery for at risk patients with Fordingbridge In Need group.

Contact number: 07746 005709

Currently the at risk groups are if you:

  • have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have another serious health condition

 If you are in the at risk groups please ask a friend or neighbour to collect your medication for you if you can.  This means that deliveries can be reserved for those that really need them. 

 If you are due to collect your prescription in the next week and are unable to find someone to collect for you please contact dispensary by email or phone between 9.00am -11.30am and we will arrange to deliver to you.