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Dispensary Services

Dispensary hours and contact information

Telephone: 01480 862892  

Fax: 01480 862893    

Email: greatstaughton@nhs.net

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 18:00 (we close at 12:30 each Wednesday)

Collection Times

Repeat request received before 12:30     

Ready for collection

Monday                                

Wednesday am (closed pm)

Tuesday                                

Thursday after 14:00

Wednesday                        

Friday after 14:00

Thursday                              

Monday after 14:00

Friday                                    

Tuesday after 14:00

 Dispensing and Non-Dispensing Patients

If you are a "Dispensing patient" this means that you live more than 1 mile / 1.6 km (in a straight line) from your nearest chemist and can collect your medicines from the surgery. "Non-dispensing" patients are those who live within 1 mile of their nearest chemist as the crow flies and we are unable to dispense medication except in an emergency - this means that we will issue a paper prescription for you to collect medication from a chemist or pharmacy of your choice.

Patients who find it difficult to use a pharmacy due to distance or communication problems may apply to remain on their doctor’s dispensing list. There are strict conditions therefore, if you believe the serious difficulty rule might apply to you please discuss your situation with a local pharmacy as they may be able to help by: collecting prescriptions on your behalf; and delivering the dispensed medicines to your home.

If you are a non-dispensing patient, from October 2015 you have more options available to you:

  • You can collect your paper prescription direct from our dispensary.
  • You can send us a stamped addressed envelope and we can post your prescription.
  • You can nominate the pharmacy you use each time to collect your medication and we will send prescriptions to them electronically using the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). Pharmacies who have this service include Boots St. Neots, Lt Paxton Pharmacy, Tesco St. Neots, Lloyds Chemist, St. Neots and Eaton Socon. From December, this will also include the Old Swan Pharmacy in Kimbolton.
  • We currently have a courtesy service with the Old Swan Pharmacy in Kimbolton - we send prescriptions so you can have medication dispensed there if you wish. If you would like to use this service, please mark your prescription each time you submit a repeat request.

Important Notes

Please state clearly where you would like your prescription sent each time you forward your repeat request.

If you are returning a used sharps box, please ensure that you firmly lock the lid before returning this to the dispensers.

Over-the-counter medicines

We stock a selection of medication, which is for sale without a prescription. This includes popular brands for minor complaints such as pain relief, cough & cold medicines, teething gel and eye drops. Please see the display in the waiting room or ask a dispenser for details. 

Stocking up your medicine cabinet

Autumn is a good time of the year to give your medicine cabinet a review, before winter comes. Below is a good basic first aid kit that all homes should have, it means you have the right things for basic first aid, and it’ll also save you a trip to the pharmacy if you’re not feeling well. Your first aid kit could include:

• plasters
• small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and sticky tape
• at least two sterile eye dressings
• triangular bandages
• disposable sterile gloves
• tweezers, scissors and safety pins
• alcohol-free cleansing wipes
• thermometer (preferably digital)
• skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
• antiseptic cream
• painkillers such as paracetamol , aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
• cough medicine
• antihistamine tablets
• eye wash and eye bath

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