Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

When requesting a repeat prescription you can use the request slip from your previous prescription. If you do not have this you can download a Repeat Prescription Request Form here.

You can also order your repeat prescription online via the link at the top of this page. If you have not registered for this please click here to download the consent form to register.   

Please note that prescriptions are not dealt with over the telephone unless the patient is housebound.

Collections

If you are collecting your prescription from the surgery please allow 72 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. If you are collecting your prescription from a named pharmacy please allow at least a week, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays before collection. This will also apply to prescriptions being sent in the post. 

Day of Request

Prescription ready for collection

Monday

Thursday

Tuesday

Friday

Wednesday

Monday

Thursday

Tuesday

Friday

Wednesday

Saturday / Sunday (via on-line access)

Thursday

Converting Private Prescriptions to NHS

If you have been given a private prescription by a consultant you have seen, the GP will decide if 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.

The doctor must agree with the treatment as they take clinical responsibility for signing it. 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 the private or hospital prescription will be returned.

Please be aware we are an NHS practice and are governed by local prescribing policies which change from time to time.

Therefore private prescriptions will be dealt with within the same timescale as normal repeat prescriptions (72 Hours)

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

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.

  • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
  • General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.

Over The Counter Medicines

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

Click here to download an information leaflet.