Dispensary and prescriptions

We have a dispensary at St Mary’s Surgery and are able to dispense medications for any eligible patients.

Under NHS regulations, patients are eligible if they live more than one mile from the surgery dispensary. In practice, we dispense medications to people living in the surrounding villages.

Patients living in the city of Ely may collect their medication from a number of local pharmacies, including Advanced Pharmacy which is located in the surgery building.

Patients also have the opportunity to register for electronic prescribing and to choose a preferred pharmacy.

Home deliveries

Did you know our dispensary can also provide home deliveries of prescriptions to some villages as well as medication drop off at some local shops for eligible patients?

See the list below for current locations and delivery days.

  • Tuesday – Coveney, Wardy Hill, Prickwillow and Wentworth
  • Wednesday – Little Thetford, followed by Stretham shop drop off and then Stretham home deliveries
  • Thursday – Little Downham home deliveries, followed by drop off at ALS Autos
  • Friday – Witchford

Please contact our dispensary team if you wish to find out more.

Free NHS prescriptions and medical exemptions

People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they have a valid medical exemption certificate.

If you’re entitled to a certificate because of your medical condition, your doctor will give you an application form. You should expect to receive your certificate within 10 working days of us receiving your application. 

Find out more about prescription charges.

Find out who is entitled to a medical exemption certificate.

Find out more about who is entitled to free prescriptions.

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Please note: St Mary’s Surgery aims to ensure that the NHS has value for money from the medication that patients take. One way it does this is by avoiding different brands and prescribing by the chemical name (generic prescribing). Brands vary enormously in price whilst the drug is exactly the same. We are trying to ensure we increase our generic prescribing.

Sharps boxes and unwanted medication

Currently St Mary’s dispensary is only taking back sharps boxes if the patient is their dispensing patient. The dispensary is not taking back unwanted medication at the moment.

St Mary’s Pharmacy (50 St Mary’s Street) and Advanced Pharmacy (formerly Lloyds) are taking back both sharps boxes and unwanted medication.

Updated: 19.8.21