Parkside Surgery

Alfreton Primary Care Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7AH

Electronic Prescription Service – Phase 4

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from Tuesday 12 May 2020.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your medication in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.

Online Appointment Booking

UPDATE 20.04.2020

Some routine telephone appointments have now been opened up for online booking. Please note that all appointments are by telephone only unless advised otherwise by a clinician.



Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation we are running a fully telephone triaged service to patients. This is to protect both our patients and staff from coming into contact with the virus.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE unless you have been given instructions to do so by one the clinical members of staff at Parkside Surgery.

If you have a temperature of 37.8 and/or a new onset cough please check your symptoms with NHS 111 online

If you are unable to order your prescription online we have currently relaxed the rule regarding telephone ordering and would ask that you do this rather than attend the surgery to order.

For patients who need to collect hospital letters or Fit notes we will be either posting or emailing these to patients – please let us know your preference when you call.

As you can appreciate this is a extremely changeable situation and we would ask that you keep checking our website for updates.


Coronavirus Update       The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19th, you should call NHS111 and self-isolate even if you do not have symptoms:

  •  Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (as previously noted)

If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to self-isolate if you have no symptoms.

  •  Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

Those who have returned from previously identified geographic areas within the past 14 days and develop symptoms, however mild, should self-isolate at home immediately

Information for the public is available at

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.  

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at

Sight Support Derbyshire,uk

The remaining dates for 2019 are as follows

Chesterfield: St Thomas Centre, Brampton              Thursday 19th September

Derby :  Derby Theatre DE1 2NF                                 Thursday 24th October


It has been decided, for security reasons, that all prescriptions for Controlled Drugs should now be collected by the patient to take to the pharmacy of their choice.   This will eliminate the risk of the prescription being lost in the post and should therefore speed up the ‘ordering to collection’ process.


The four Derbyshire CCGs have made a decision that routine prescribing of gluten-free food products is not recommended

The rationale for this decision is:-

Historically, availability of gluten free foods was limited, therefore obtaining these products from community pharmacies via prescriptions improved access to them. With the increased awareness of coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity as well as a general trend towards eating less gluten, these products are now much more widely available. All major supermarkets and many other retailers now commonly stock gluten free foods as well as other special diet alternatives both online and in-store. Furthermore, improved food labelling now means people are able to see whether ordinary food products are free from gluten and can be safely eaten.

The price paid by the NHS for gluten free foods on prescription is much higher than the supermarket prices available to the public.

They acknowledge that gluten free food products are often more expensive than their gluten containing equivalents but the price difference is not as wide as it once was. It is also possible to eat a gluten free diet that follows the Eatwell Guide model for balanced eating without the need for any specialist dietary foods, simply by choosing naturally gluten free carbohydrate containing foods (e.g. rice and potatoes) as part of a healthy balanced diet.



Please click on the following links for more information


gluten free diet on a budget 2016

gluten free checklist

Derbyshire Gluten Free position statement


Derbyshire Health and Social Care Community

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