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Security Upgrades

From Monday 23rd June 2014 TPP will be making some security upgrades to SystmOnline. Most patients will not be affected by this, however patients running older versions of Windows (for example Internet Explorer on Windows XP before SP3) may experience difficulties accessing the service. Any patients experiencing issues should be advised to try a different browser or upgrade their operating system.

Repeat Prescriptions

Nice_blue_pillsRequires 48 hours notice. In some of our surgeries it may be possible to collect directly from a local chemist.

If you stop using something that is not essential please tell receptionists who will delete the item.

At times we may ask to see you about your medication. This may be a check with any member of the team including pharmacists.

We currently support 2 schemes whereby some local pharmacists deal with head lice and hay fever.

Some chemists provide a home delivery scheme for the housebound. If you use this service your medication may take longer to reach you than if you arrange for someone to pick it up.

If you would like us to post the prescription back to you please enclose a stamped addressed envelope and allow one week.

Practice Specifc Prescription Information

Practice Telephone Telephones Open Chemists


M & M Chemist - 0191 378 0033

Lloyds Chemist - 0191 378 9066

Esh Winning 


Langley Park

Tow Law

0191 373 9618Monday - Friday

9:00am - 12noon

1:00pm - 5:00pm

9:00am - 12noon (Thursdays)

Smiths Chemist - 0191 373 4249

The practice also dispenses drugs to patients living in the out-lying villages in the following areas:

  • Tow Law
  • Esh Winning
  • Langley Park
Ushaw Moor   Smiths Chemist - 0191 373 0255

Do you pay for your prescriptions?

Prescriptions are free for:

  • Men and women over sixty
  • Pregnant women with a valid maternity certificate
  • Children under sixteen or up to nineteen in full-time education
  • Mothers of babies under twelve months
  • People who receive income support (check list on Form P11 from Social Security or Post Office)
  • People with family credit
  • Certain chronic conditions including:


1.     Treatment for cancer; note this includes treatment for the effects of cancer, or treatment for the effects of a current or previous cancer treatment.

2.     A permanent fistula requiring dressing.

3.     Forms of hypoadrenalism such as Addison's disease.

4.     Diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism.

5.     Diabetes mellitus except where treatment is by diet alone.

6.    Hypoparathyroidism.

7.     Myxoedema (underactive thyroid) or other conditions where thyroid hormone replacement is necessary.

8.     Myasthenia gravis.

9.    Epilepsy requiring continuous anticonvulsive medication.

10.   A continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without help from another person.


If you are not entitled to free prescriptions, a ‘season ticket’ may save you money. This is a pre-payment certificate, please ask Reception for details.

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