Dr Obonna's Surgery

Southwick Health Centre, The Green, Sunderland, SR5 2LT

Repeat Prescriptions

Patients can order repeat prescriptions either by telephone by calling at the reception. Always allow 48hours for your repeat prescriptions to be ready for collection.

Order Monday – Collect Wednesday

Order Tuesday – Collect Thursday

Order Wednesday – Collect Friday

Order Thursday – Collect Monday

Order Friday – Collect Tuesday

Please ask the reception staff for further advice on ordering repeat prescriptions.


It is OK to ONLY order the medication you need. There is no need to ‘save for a rainy day’

  • Just because you don’t order something this time does not mean you can’t order it next time.
  • Do you still take EVERYTHING on your repeat prescription?
  • Your Surgery would like you to tell them if you have stopped taking any of your medication.
  • Help us to help you!
  • By doing this YOU could help save thousands of pounds of NHS money that is wasted on prescriptions each year.



Do you pay Prescription Charges?
  • If you pay prescription charges, you could save money by buying ‘prescription pre-payment certificate’ (PPC) if you need more than 3 prescription items in 3 months (PPC for 3 months) or 14 prescription items in 12 months (PPC for 12 months).
  • To buy PPC:
    Telephone 0845 850 0030
    You can pay by credit card
 Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
If you are on regular medications and you collect prescriptions by post or by coming to the surgery, EPS is a more convenient way to collect your prescriptions.
We send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy chosen by you, so it is ready for collection from the pharmacy without coming to the surgery.
EPS is useful if you have a pharmacy nearer to you and/or more convenient than attending the surgery and you use the same pharmacy to collect your prescriptions.
If you go to different pharmacies each time to collect your published on prescriptions then EPS is not suitable for you.
Certain controlled medications like Tramadol cannot be sent by EPS. You have to collect the prescription from surgery.
In EPS there are no paper ones to collect by you or the pharmacy. It is very secure and there are no delays unlike mailed ones.
You need to tell us which pharmacy you use so that we can send the prescription electronically to them. You cannot nominate more than one pharmacy.
You can always change the pharmacy by letting us know.
If EPS is not suitable, you can cancel it by phoning or writing to the surgery.
Patient information leaflet on EPS
Further information on EPS from hscic

Prescription medications and driving


Please note the change in the law. It is illegal to drive if your driving is impaired because of the medications prescribed to you. Police forces are equipped with devices to test on roadside to detect drugs use. Positive test is, if any illegal drug is detected and at higher level, if prescription drug is detected. Police will do ‘field impairment test’ to check the effect of drugs on driver. The test need not be positive if illegal drug is detected to penalise.
You should be cautious about driving if medications that you take warns about drowsiness. You must not drive if you feel drowsy after taking the medications. This includes ‘over the counter’ medications. Combination of medications and alcohol can take you over the limit easily.
The medications tested by police are: clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, methadone, morphine, oxazepam, temazepam. Please note that codeine, tramadol may test positive as morphine when tested. Sometimes labels on medications may not have these names. You need to read the labels fully.
Taking alcohol or illegal drugs in addition to the medications that can cause drowsiness can take you over the limit easily.
For further information search:
Drugs and Driving. Gov uk
NHSUK: What happens if you take drugs and drive
NHS UK: Field test driving