It’s important to take prescription medicines as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Always follow the advice you are given, and use your medication correctly. This advice is also important to remember if you are a carer responsible for managing someone else’s medicines.
If you're concerned about any prescription medicine you take, ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
Antibiotics are medicines used to treat illnesses caused by bacterial infection. You shouldn't take antibiotics to treat a cold or flu, as these illnesses are caused by viruses and antibiotics will not help. In fact, there is usually no benefit with antibiotics for most coughs, sore throats and ear infections. It important to follow your doctor and pharmacist's advice when taking antibiotics.
If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, you must finish the course, even if you start to feel better. Let them know if you are experiencing side effects.
Drug-resistant bacteria don't respond to antibiotics and can cause infection and diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, and meningitis.
You could increase the risk of developing drug-resistant bacteria if:
Doing these not only increases the risk of drug-resistant bacteria in your own body, but also in the population as a whole. This is becoming a significant public health concern, so please ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if necessary.
If a pharmacist dispenses medicine but you don't use it, the medicine is wasted. If you don't take your medicine as prescribed:
Please only request medication that you need and plan to use.
The best way to request your repeat prescriptions online is by registering for Patient Access, which links securely with your prescription data from our system. You will need a registration code, which is available from reception.
Please allow two working days before collecting your prescriptions.
Due to the additional pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, patients who are not yet registered for Patient Access can request repeat prescriptions using the form below.
The community pharmacies are very busy, so please request your repeat prescriptions seven days before you need them and designate a local pharmacy to collect them on your behalf.
Using this form results in the information you enter being sent across the internet. We take reasonable steps to ensure the security of your information. Look for the padlock in the address bar, whoch confirms that the connection to our server is secure.
The server sends an email to our administration team, who then order the prescriptions you need. The information you submit in your request may be retained on our computers and the Northern Ireland Health & Social Care email server.
For more information about how we use your data to provide you with healthcare services, please see our privacy notice. Use of this form confirms your acceptance of the information being used in this way.