Private Prescriptions

A GP in the surgery can only provide a private prescription if the medication is not available on the NHS.

A private prescription is not written on an official NHS prescription and so is not paid for by the NHS. A prescription is a legal document for which the doctor, who has issued and signed it, is responsible. A doctor you see privately is unable to issue an NHS prescription.

The cost of a private prescription is met wholly by the patient and is dictated by the cost of the medicine plus the pharmacists charge for supplying it. Our fee for issuing patients with a private prescription is £15.

Please note: medications that have been previously prescribed by a private doctor may not always be available for prescription on the NHS. If that is the case, we will advise you to obtain these medications from  the doctor who prescribed them.  If we can prescribe an alternative or generic equivalent on the NHS, we will do so.