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Pharmacy and prescription services in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

There are a number of chemists that will collect a prescription from your surgery and keep it at the Pharmacy to await collection or deliver to your home if you cannot get there because of an emergency, or you are elderly or housebound. This is a free service but is only available to patients of participating surgeries. There are also a number of GP Surgeries that now have an on-site Pharmacy making it easier to collect your medicines when you visit your GP, and may also deliver your medicines to your home if you are unable to collect them due to your health condition, age, or disability.


Paying for your prescription

Current prescription charges (April 2013) are £7.85 per item (£15.70 per pair of elastic hosiery), so if you need medication on a regular basis charges can mount up very quickly. There are a number of schemes available to help ease the burden of paying for repeated prescriptions.

Free prescriptions

You are entitled to free prescription charges if you meet the following criteria.
• You are aged 60 or over.

• Have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid Medical Exemption Certificate (MedEx)

• Hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability.

• You have one of the following medical conditions and hold a valid Medical Exemption Certificate (MedEx):

o Hypoparathyroidism
o Hypoadrenalism for which specific substitution therapy is essential (e.g. Addison’s Disease).
o Diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism.
o Diabetes Mellitus except where treatment is by diet alone.
o Myasthenia Gravis.
o Hypothyroidism – requiring thyroid hormone replacement.
o Epilepsy – requiring continuous anti-convulsive therapy.
o A permanent Fistula requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance.


You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including Civil Partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs), or you receive either:
• Income Support

• Income – based Jobseekers Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or

• Pension Credit Guarantee

• Universal Credit


Free prescriptions for cancer patients and renal dialysis patients

Exemption certificates will be issued to patients who in their doctor’s opinion are receiving treatment for:
• Cancer

• The effects of cancer

• Or the effects of current or previous cancer treatment

Renal dialysis patients who (in their doctor’s clinical judgement) require a permanent fistula (permanent means lasting indefinitely) requiring an appliance or surgical dressing, are entitled to medical exemption if they have completed form FP92A and a doctor has signed the form to confirm the condition.


Applying for a Medical Exemption Certificate (MedEx)

To apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate ask your GP for an FP92A form. Your GP, hospital doctor, or service doctor will sign the form to confirm that your statement is correct. At you GP’s discretion, a member of the practice who has access to your medical records can also sign the form.
Your certificate will be valid from one month before the date that the NHS Business Authority receives the application form. The MedEx lasts for five years and then needs to be renewed. You may receive a reminder that your certificate needs to be renewed. If you don’t receive a reminder it is your responsibility to ensure that your MedEx is renewed.


Help paying for prescriptions due to low income

How do I make a low income claim?

The NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS) may be able to assist you with NHS costs. The scheme covers:

• Prescription costs

• Dental costs

• Eye care costs

• Healthcare travel costs

• Wigs and fabric supports

You can apply for the scheme if your income, savings, investments or property (not including your home) do not exceed the qualifying capital limit of £16,000, or £23,500 if you live permanently in a care home.


Depending on your circumstances you will qualify for help based on a comparison between your weekly income and assessed requirements at the time the claim is made. You can receive “full help” (HC2 certificate) or “partial help” (HC3 certificate). You will qualify for full help if your income is less than or equal to your requirements, or only exceeds your requirements by no more than half the current prescription charge. If your income exceeds these limits, you may be entitled to partial help. The HC3 certificate will show how much you need to pay towards your prescription charges.

The rules governing who is eligible are broadly the same as those for Income Support. However, the assessment also takes into account council tax support and housing costs, so you may also get help even though you don’t qualify for Income Support.

You don’t need to apply if you or your partner:

• Get Income Support

• Get income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Get income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Get Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

• Are named on or entitled to an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate

as these benefits will already entitle you to help with NHS costs.

To apply for an HC2 or HC3 certificate you will need to complete an HC1 form and send it off in the envelope provided. You can obtain an HC1 form from Job Centre Plus offices, hospitals, your GP surgery, your optician or dentist. You can also make a claim and find
further information by contacting 0300 330 1343 to speak to an adviser who can help you
complete the form, send it to you to sign and return in the envelope provided.
Information and online forms are also available at http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/nhs-low-income-scheme.aspx Certificates are valid for between six months and five years, depending on your circumstances.

 

Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC)

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available to help spread the cost of paying for your NHS prescriptions from your GP or dentist, they do not cover items such as wigs or surgical supports issued by hospital services. They are available as a three monthly PPC (£29.10), which will save you money if you need four or more items over a three
month period, or a 12 month certificate (£104.00) which will save money if you need fourteen or more items over a twelve month period.

PPCs are paid for by ten monthly direct debit instalments and will enable you to obtain all your prescriptions for approx. £2 per week. Apply for a PCC by picking up a form from your GP or Pharmacy or by telephoning, writing to, or going online to:

NHS Help with Health Costs
PPC Issue Office
PO Box 854
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 2DE
Tel: 0300 330 1341
https://apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppcwebsales/

Some pharmacies will be able to sell you a PPC but you will not be able to take advantage of the paying by direct debit option if you buy direct from a pharmacist. Further general information about help with health care costs is available at: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/help-with-health-costs.aspx


Obtaining a refund on prescription charges

You need to apply for a refund on prescription charges within three months of paying the charge. Ask your GP or pharmacist or hospital doctor for NHS receipt form FP57 when you pay for your prescription especially if you are applying for free prescriptions or help with prescription costs.
If you have paid for a PPC and have now become exempt from paying for prescriptions, you may be able to get some or all of the money back for your PPC. Send a copy of your certificate along with a letter saying why you need a refund to:

NHS Business Services Authority
Help with Health Costs
PO Box 854
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 2DE

  

Local chemists 


Beaminster

Beaminster Pharmacy

20 Hogshill Street
Beaminster
DT8 3AA
Tel: 01308 862288

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 1pm Saturday. Sunday closed.


Bridport

Boots the Chemist

3 – 5 West Street
Bridport
DT6 3QJ
Tel: 01308 422475

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday closed.


Co-operative Pharmacy

24 East Street
Bridport
DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 422100

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 9am – 1pm. Sunday Closed.


Lloyds Pharmacy

Bridport Medical Centre
West Allington
Bridport
DT6 5BN
Tel: 01308 474530
www.lloydspharmacy.com

Opening hours: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 8.30am 12.30pm.
Closed Sunday.


Charmouth

The Pharmacy

The Street
Charmouth
DT6 6PU
Tel: 01297 560261

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 1pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Dorchester

Boots the Chemist

12 – 13 Cornhill
Dorchester
DT1 1BQ
Tel: 01305 264340

Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 10am - 4pm.


Market Pharmacy

5 Weymouth Avenue
South Street
Dorchester
DT4 1QS
Tel: 01305 264193
Fax: 01305 262891

Opening hours: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. 8.30am – 3.30pm Saturday. Sunday closed.

 

Rowlands Pharmacy

1 Frederick Treves House
St John Way
Poundbury
Dorchester
DT1 2FD
Tel: 01305 213475
www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk

Opening hours: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 9am – 1pm. Sunday closed.


Superdrug

17 South Street
Dorchester
DT1 1BS
Tel: 01305 264101
Fax: 01305 264101

Opening hours: 8.30am – 2pm and 2.30pm – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 10am – 4pm.


Tesco Superstore

Weymouth Avenue
Dorchester
DT1 2RY
Tel: 0845 677 9224

Opening times: 8am – 10.30pm Monday. Tuesday – Friday 6.30am – 10.30pm. Saturday 6.30am – 10pm. Sunday 10am – 4pm.


Victoria Park Pharmacy

14 Maud Road
Dorchester
DT1 2LW

Tel: 01305 264012

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 1pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Lyme Regis

Boots the Chemist

45 Broad Street
Lyme Regis
DT7 3QF
Tel: 01297 442026

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 10am – 4pm.


Lloyds Pharmacy

The Pharmacy
Lyme Regis Community Care Centre
Uplyme Road
Lyme Regis
DT7 3LS
Tel: 01297 442981
Fax: 01297 442981
www.lloydspharmacy.com

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 9am – 12.30pm. Sunday closed.


Portland

Boots Pharmacy

54 Fortuneswell
Portland
DT5 1LZ
Tel: 01305 820409

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 1pm Saturday. Closed Sunday

 

Boots Pharmacy

2 Easton Square
Portland
DT5 1BX
Tel: 01305 820230

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 9am – 5pm. Sunday closed.


Sherborne

Boots the Chemist

29 Cheap Street
Sherborne
DT9 3PU
Tel: 01935 812345

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Boots the Chemist

Unit 7, The Peel Centre
Babylon Hill
Sherborne Road
Yeovil
BA21 5BT
Tel: 01935 434621

Opening hours: 8am – midnight Monday to Saturday. 10am – 4pm Sunday.


Co-op Pharmacy

73 Cheap Street
Sherborne
DT9 3BA
Tel: 01935 812035

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 1pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Weymouth

Boots Pharmacy

107 Portland Road
Wyke Regis
Weymouth
DT4 9BG
Tel: 01305 786071

Opening hours: 9am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am-1pm Saturday. Closed Sunday


Angel Pharmacy – Crescent St Branch

24 Crescent Street
Weymouth
DT4 7BX
Tel: 01305 781500

Opening hours: 8.30am – 8pm Monday. 8.30am – 6.30pm Tuesday to Friday. 9am – 12.30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Angel Pharmacy

27 Buxton Road
Rodwell
Weymouth
DT4 9PQ
Tel: 01305 772272

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Angel Pharmacy
173a Abbotsbury Road
Weymouth
DT4 0LX
Tel: 01305 786787

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday.


Angel Pharmacy

123 Radipole Lane
Southill
Weymouth
DT4 9SS
Tel: 01305 780299
www.angelpharmacy.co.uk

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.45pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 12 noon Saturday. Closed Sunday.


ASDA Pharmacy

Newstead Road
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 8JQ
Tel: 01305 207010

Opening times: 8am – 11pm Monday. 7am – 11pm Tues – Friday. Saturday 7am – 10pm. Sunday 10am – 4pm.


Boots Pharmacy

26 Abbotsbury Road
Westham
Weymouth
DT4 0AE
Tel: 01305 785754

Opening hours: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am -1pm Saturdays. Closed on Sunday.

 


Boots the Chemist

12a St. Thomas Street
Weymouth
DT4 8PJ
Tel: 01305 785076

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm Monday and Tuesday. 8.30am – 5.30pm Wednesday to Saturday. 10am – 4pm Sunday.


Day Lewis Pharmacy

16 East Street
Chickerell
Weymouth
DT3 4DT
Tel: 01305 779054

Opening hours: 8.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Lloyds Pharmacy

22 Gloucester Street
Weymouth
DT4 7AW
Tel: 01305 785484
www.lloydspharmacy.com

Opening hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9.30am – 12 noon Saturday. Sunday closed.


Morrison’s Pharmacy

Dorchester Road
Weymouth
DT3 5AX
Tel: 01305 786361
Fax: 01305 786361

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 7pm Monday to Saturday. 10am – 4pm Sundays.


Rowlands Pharmacy

Unit 3, Littlemoor Shopping Centre
Littlemoor Road
Weymouth
DT3 6NQ
Tel: 01305 814828
www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 4pm Saturday. Sunday closed.


Rowlands Pharmacy

7 Littlemoor Road
Preston
Weymouth
DT3 6LA
Tel: 01305 833379
www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday closed.


Wessex Pharmacies Ltd

14 Avenue Road
Weymouth
DT4 7JJ
Tel: 01305 784661

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2.15pm – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday closed.
Collection and delivery service twice daily 1.00pm to 2.15pm and 5.30pm


Wessex Pharmacies Ltd

Lanehouse Rocks Road
Weymouth
DT4 9DJ
Tel: 01305 783287

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm and 2.15pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am – 1pm Saturday. Sunday closed.

 

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