Choosing Wisely Programme- A NHS medicines cost campaign
The NHS across North West London combined spent over £13 million last year on products that can be bought without a prescription at community pharmacies.
The NHS is under pressure and budgets are not large enough to pay for all the treatments the NHS would like to purchase. Local NHS commissioners would like to spend less on medicines patients can buy without a prescription so as to free up funds for other valuable NHS services. We have been asked to consider all prescriptions for over the counter medication and to advise our patients when the medicine that we recommend for you is available to buy without a prescription at community pharmacies. This also means that if you require this medicine again you don’t need to make a doctor’s appointment but can go straight to the community pharmacist to get it, saving both you and the doctor time.
Thank you for supporting this campaign and when you buy the medicine at the pharmacy, please ask for the least expensive appropriate form of the item.
Please click on this link for a list of medicines that can be purchased without a prescription and approximate prices
Please remember that the recommendation is that you request your medication ON LINE so please ensure that you register for on line services to arrange this.
If you are on regular medication, your doctor will want to review your medication at least once or twice a year, normally 2 months worth of medication will be prescribed at a time. The right side counterfoil will list the number of times you can order a repeat prescription prior to arranging an appointment for a medication review.
Ordering a Repeat Prescription
Medication can be ordered either by dropping the right sided counterfoil into the repeat medication box on the front desk or posted with self-stamped addressed envelope. We also accept faxes. It is important that the counterfoil be used to ensure accurate prescribing and to avoid any confusion, for this reason we do not accept telephone medication requests except under exceptional circumstances.
Please allow 48 working hours for your prescription to be ready, we recommend checking your medication regularly to ensure sufficient time is left to place an order.
Some local pharmacists offer a free prescription collection service. (e.g. Boots Baker Street & Marylebone High Street), the receptionists will be able to provide you with further information.
If you are going abroad, a one off prescription for 3 months can be given. For longer periods away we would recommend a consultation with a local doctor, or arranging a private prescription from the surgery to cover the additional time away.