Private Prescription Requests…

When patients seek specialist treatment privately, the private consultant may prescribe any necessary medication. Often, however, consultants recommend a particular medication and patients ask their GP to issue a NHS prescription. Where the GP considers that the medication recommended is clinically necessary they can issue the medication however, we must have relevant information to go alongside the request. This includes the diagnosis and any other reasons for the proposed plan of management, including any proposed medication and ongoing care. This information is required for our patient’s and clinician’s safety. Once we have received the request and relevant information, prescriptions will be processed and issued within 14 working days. If the medication is specialised in nature and is not something GP’s would generally prescribe, it is for the individual GP to decide whether to accept clinical responsibility for the prescribing decision recommended by another doctor (the same principles apply to requests to undertake diagnostic tests or other procedures within the NHS). If you have any queries relating to this policy please enquire by phoning the practice.

Please note we are not obliged to arrange or prescribe treatment that has been privately recommended if it is contrary to local agreement and/or normal clinical practice.

For guidance on how your NHS care may be affected should you choose to pay for additional private treatment please click here

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