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Patients on long term medication who are stabilised, we can give a 2 months (56 day) supply at a time - except for controlled drugs, or if you are over 75 years, you will receive a one month (28 days) supply.
Please allow 72 hours (3 working days), excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed.
As your GP practice will not accept repeat requests from pharmacies or other suppliers, unless you are housebound/vulnerable patient, you will need to order your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice when you have 7 to 10 days of medicines left.
If your prescription request is urgent, please tell the receptionist when you hand in the script or go Online and add a note to your request. Try to plan ahead; urgent requests reduce the efficiency of the service, and use up valuable doctor time. For housebound patients many of the local pharmacies offer a home delivery service and we are happy to liaise directly with them. If you have a long-term chronic condition, which is well controlled, we may well be happy to issue longer prescriptions of up to 3 months. Please discuss this with your doctor at your next appointment. All patients who are on any medications, will need to be reviewed at least once a year. You will be called on your birth month.
These are required every 6 or 12 months depending on your health condition. There are certain checks required to ensure your medicines are responding to treatment and your condition is monitored. If you have been unable to come in time, please NEVER stop your medicines; let us know the circumstances and we shall issue a prescription to keep you going.
Certain medicines such as the Contraceptive Pill or HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) can be supplied in 6 month quantities for your convenience but to do this the nurse or doctor may need to see you.
Non-repeat medicines, which you may have only occasionally, can be requested on a medication request form or on-line request but we may ask to see you.
The medication request are commonly given as requests to the GP to prescribe, though sometimes the prescription will be intended for dispensing at the hospital pharmacy, especially if the need is urgent or the drugs are for hospital supply only.
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
You can now nominate a pharmacy of your choice for your medication to be send electronically so the pharmacy can get them ready for you without having to take the prescription along. All you have to do is ask the doctor, the receptionist or at the pharmacy. You can change your nominated pharmacy at any time.
Remember your GP practice needs 3 working days to issue a prescription, so don’t leave it until the last minute. The community pharmacy requires an additional 48 hours to dispense your medicines.
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The NHS in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster spent over £13 million in 2016 on products that can be bought without a prescription at community pharmacies.
The NHS is under pressure. Our budgets are not large enough to pay for all the treatments we would like to purchase.
We would like to spend less on medicines you can buy without a prescription so as to free up funds for other valuable NHS services. So practices across North West London will no longer routinely prescribe medicines which are available to buy over the counter in pharmacies (and, in the case of some medicines, in supermarkets and other shops too).
If a medicine you need can be bought without a prescription, your GP may ask if you are willing to buy it. If you are not, it will be prescribed.
This also means that if you require that medicine again you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment but can get it straight from your community pharmacist, saving both you and the doctor time.
Click here to see the list of conditions to which this applies.
When you buy one of these medicines at a pharmacy, it is worth asking for the least expensive form of the medicine.
The NHS prescribing wisely programme has also now adopted the recommendations from NHS england. See this leaflet. And link www.england.nhs.uk/publication/prescribing-of-over-the-counter-medicines-is-changing/
Am I right, that as an NHS patient my GP must prescribe for me whatever I want?
Under the NHS regulations your GP must prescribe for you any drugs that he or she feels are needed for your medical care. A patient is entitled to drugs that the GP believes are necessary, not those which the patient feels should be prescribed. GPs are responsible for all prescribing decisions they make and for any consequent monitoring that is needed as a result of the prescription given.
The Department of Health lists all drugs that the NHS is prepared to pay for in a list called the Drug Tariff. It is likely that most, if not all, the drugs you need are available through the NHS, however the Drug Tariff does have exceptions. Some drugs, listed in Schedule 11 will only be offered on the NHS to patients suffering from specified conditions.
Similarly, some products other than drugs, such as gluten free foods or sunblocks, are listed as ‘Borderline Substances’ and may only be prescribed at NHS expense in defined circumstances. Other drugs or substances, listed in Schedule 10, cannot be prescribed at all on the NHS, these include Evening Primrose Oil, many vitamins, bath preparations, cough syrups and expensive brand names of some drugs.
If a drug is not available on the NHS, can my GP write me a private prescription for it?
Any doctor can write a private prescription for a patient if they feel it is clinically appropriate and they are happy to take responsibility for that prescribing decision. Under the NHS regulations, a GP or his deputy can write a private prescription for a patient but cannot charge the patient for writing a private prescription if the patient is registered for NHS care with that GP or any other GP in the same practice.
The only exceptions to this rule are when an NHS GP writes either a private prescription for:
Can my GP refuse to give me a prescription that my consultant asked them to provide?
Yes, your GP may refuse because the person who signs the prescription is legally liable for the prescribing and the consequent effects of that drug.
Some drugs which may be very familiar to consultants in a specialised area of medicine can be potent drugs of which a GP will have little experience (for example many cancer drugs or specialised treatment for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – the group called ‘biologicals’). Where a GP considers that it is inappropriate for them to issue a prescription on the advice of a third party, responsibility for provision will rest with the doctor making the recommendation.
A friend’s GP wrote them a similar prescription on a consultant’s advice, why won’t mine? I think this is discriminatory.
Each GP will make prescribing decisions based on what they are or are not prepared to take clinical responsibility for. Some doctors might have special training or knowledge of a particular area of medicine which makes them comfortable to prescribe and monitor a drug where many GPs would not.
Clearly, a GP should be aware of their limitations as well as their skills and must ensure that they are not prescribing beyond their knowledge or their ability to ensure patient safety.
GPs are not obliged to provide every possible medical service to their patients, only those for which they have been contracted for, and these contracting arrangements may vary between practices.
I live abroad for six months of the year and my GP has refused to give me a prescription.
The NHS accepts responsibility for supplying ongoing medication for temporary periods abroad of up to three months. If a person is going to be abroad for more than three months then only a sufficient supply of his/her regular medication should be provided to enable them to get to the destination and find an alternative supply.
NHS prescriptions must never be obtained by relatives or friends on behalf of patients who are currently abroad, irrespective of such factors as owning a house in the UK or paying UK taxes. Patients are responsible for ensuring that any drugs they take into a country conform to local laws.
Additionally if you are planning on being out of the country for more than 3 months then your GP should remove you from their list as you would not be entitled to ongoing NHS care.
Wessex CCG guide on Health care entitlements when travelling abroad
Wessex LMC guidance on prescriptions when travelling abroad
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