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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.
Medication can be ordered online through Online Access (If you need online access please click here.Request can also be made by either 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.
This leaflet explains the responsibilities of your GP when they are asked to prescribe a medicine after your appointment with another doctor.
Whenever a GP prescribes a medicine for you they are taking full responsibility for your care, even if the medicine is recommended for you by another doctor. It, therefore, cannot always be expected that your GP will prescribe the medicine(s) recommended for you by the other doctor.
Please be aware that your GP may not agree to prescribe the medicine in the following circumstances:
Your GP will be able to prescribe the medicine for you, if a doctor from outside of the practice informs your GP why you need the medicine, and provided that none of the above applies. This process may take longer than the expected 48 hours.
*Please note that the same rules apply if another NHS doctor - for example hospital doctor - asks your GP to prescribe a medicine for you, not just a private doctor.
If the GP cannot prescribe the medicine, they will give you a clear explanation of the reason for this and will also contact your private doctor. Your GP may give you the option of having a different but equally effective medicine prescribed on the NHS or you may wish to pay privately for the original medicine via your private doctor.
If you have any questions please speak to your GP.
Please click on the above link to see a list of medicines that can be purchased without a prescription with approximate prices.
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 charges
Prescription (per item): £8.60
12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
3-month PPC: £29.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 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
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
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