If you have been given a private prescription by a consultant you have seen, the GP will decide whether it is clinically appropriate to convert this into an NHS prescription.

We will not issue medications without a clear written prescription and a letter from the consultant.

In the interest of patient safety, please note that a private prescription cannot simply be converted to a NHS prescription. Many drugs that are prescribed in the private sector cannot be prescribed on the NHS.

GPs must agree with the treatment as they take full legal and clinical responsibility for all prescriptions they sign. The doctor must therefore make an assessment as to whether they feel competent to take on this responsibility since the patient has been clinically diagnosed by another specialist healthcare professional - and so this takes extra time.

With certain medications the consultant needs to be responsible initially, until the patient is stabilised on the medication. In some cases the GP may not feel happy to issue the prescription and so the private or hospital prescription will be returned to you.

We therefore advise patients:

    • The private prescription request will be considered by a GP - it will not be issued automatically and you may be requested to come in for a face-to-face or telephone appointment with a GP. In this case, you will be contacted.
    • If the GP agrees, the prescription will be ready in three working days.
    • If you require the medication urgently, the private prescription can be dispensed at a Pharmacy which would incur a fee or purchase a smaller quantity following a consultation with the dispensing Pharmacist until you see a GP.
Please be aware we are an NHS practice and are governed by local prescribing policies which change from time to time.
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