You will need to pay the Pharmacist the Prescription Charge (currently £9.15) for each individual item (ie a pair of support stockings will be £18.30), unless you are exempt from charges.
A pre-payment certificate may be cheaper if you are likely to require more than 12 individual items over a 12 month period (it currently costs £105.90, or for 3 months, £29.65).
Many people do not have to pay prescription charges e.g. due to age, certain benefits, pregnancy, certain medical conditions, for medicines received at hospital or walk-in centres etc. For full information on prescription charges and all the different exemption categories (it's very complex!): NHS prescription charges
Once you are stabilised on a medicine that you will need long term, we give a 2 month (56 day) supply at a time - except for certain potentially more dangerous drugs, or unless you are over 75yrs, when you will receive a one month (28 day) supply.
- Request your repeat prescriptions online using the Patient App. NHS app, or another of the many available.
- If you are unable to request online, we do still allow paper requests for a few patients - tick the items on the right hand side of your prescription computer slip provided by the Pharmacist and send it to us or hand in at reception. If you lose this slip, please ask at reception for a request form for your medicines.
Fax has been phased out of the NHS due to insecurities so we cannot accept faxed prescription requests.
Due to safety concerns we cannot accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions. Please wait at least 48 working hours for us to process your request.
If you have urgent
need for a repeat prescription due to unforeseen circumstances, please let the receptionist know. We can always issue a short term supply to keep you going.
Many pharmacists offer an ordering and collection service for you, even sending you reminders. We prefer you remain in control of your ordering as often we have found patients receiving many items they did not want. Make sure you tell the Pharmacist if you don't need certain items - do not let them order automatically without checking what you need as it can lead to wastage.Medication reviews
are needed, usually every 6 or 12 months and we shall ask you to make an appointment with the doctor or nurse. There are certain important checks we need to perform to ensure your medicines are still doing their job and are not causing any problems and that your condition is monitored. When the computer indicates a review is due, please do not delay as the computer blocks any further issues once you are overdue. 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.
Ask us to help synchronise your medicines so you can request them all in one go.
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.
Other prescriptions Non-repeat medicines
, which you may have only occasionally, can be requested on a medication request form or E-Consult but we may ask to see you.Hospital Outpatient prescriptions
are commonly given as requests for the GP to prescribe. These are not urgent (if they are, the hospital doctor should prescribe these). 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. Please check carefully - sometimes we are not able to supply particular drugs on a GP prescription. Private prescriptions
from another doctor should normally be cashed at a pharmacy. We are not obliged to convert these to NHS prescriptions though if we have referred you we may be able to at the doctor's discretion. The responsibility for starting a new medication sits with the doctor prescribing.
Once you are established on the medicines, we can provide repeat prescriptions on the NHS as normal, provided we have received written information from that doctor and that we judge the prescription is appropriate. Some prescriptions may be for medication which is not in our practice drug formulary and we may substitute it for something similar.Over the counter medicines
at the pharmacy will treat many important conditions. They do not not need to be prescribed by a Doctor and you can save yourself a lot of money as many are cheaper than the Prescription Charge. Pharmacists are highly trained
in giving sensible advice about self-help for minor illness, please ask them or take a look at this NHS information about pharmacists
Taking your medication abroad
may require you to take a letter of authorisation with you, even in Europe. Every country has its own rules and it can be complex and you could find yourself in trouble. Make sure you check in good time. Here are NHS details on taking medication abroad
. The maximum we can give is for 3 months.Medication bought online
can sometimes be dangerous. The NHS has some good advice on the taking care with online medicines