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Ordering Prescriptions

We are encouraging patients to order their repeat medications using their NHS account either using the NHS App on their smartphone, or computer.

Doing this means that the request goes directly into our system and helps to prevent requests going missing between patient and doctor.  It also means that you can order medicine when you need it, instead of it being ordered on your behalf, when you do not need it or something has changed.

Download the NHS App on your smartphone:

iOS (iPhones/iPad) https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline

or access via your computer here: www.nhsapp.service.nhs.uk/patient/prescriptions

If you have not logged in to your NHS account, or downloaded the NHS App before, you will have to verify your identity – this is to ensure that only you can access your medical information.

For more information about prescriptions using your NHS account to order prescriptions please see the following page: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/nhs-app-help-and-support/prescriptions-in-the-nhs-app/ordering-a-prescription/

If you switch to online ordering instead of using your pharmacy, you should let them know so they don't duplicate the order for you.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
Where possible you should have your blood taken at St Mark's Hospital as we have limited resources at the practice.  Tests ordered by hospitals should always be done either at the hospital ordering the test, or at St Mark's.
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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