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Westbourne Grove Medical Centre

Westbourne Grove Medical Centre, 241 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SE

Telephone 0207 229 5800

Private Prescriptions

Private prescriptions are medication which your private Doctor has recommended for you. A private prescription is not written on an official NHS prescription and so is not paid for by the NHS. 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.

A prescription is a legal document for which the doctor, who has issued and signed it, is responsible for. A doctor you see privately can’t issue an NHS prescription. Therefore, a NHS doctor cannot always directly convert a private prescription to an NHS prescription.

The GP has to consider various factors including whether the prescribing of the medicaiton is within their level of competence. There are a number of circumstances when GPs will decline the  private request or offer to prescribe an alternative medicine. He or she may decline to prescribe if:

  • A letter explaining the full rationale for the treatment has not been provided by the consultant in the private sector.
  • He or she feels the medicine is not clinically necessary.
  • The medication is unlicensed.
  • The medication is prescribed outside of its licensed indication.
  • The medication is not one he or she would normally prescribe.
  • The medication needs special monitoring and he or she feels they do not have the expertise to do this.
  • The use of the medication conflicts with NICE guidance or locally agreed protocols.
  • An equivalent but equally effective medicine is prescribed locally under prescribing advice from the CCG. In this situation you will be offered the equivalent medicine.

 

A GP in the surgery at which you are registered can only provide a private prescription if the drug is not available on the NHS.