New Patient Prescriptions

Welcome to The Surgery, if you normally receive regular repeat medication from your previous doctor you will need to make an appointment to be seen by your new GP so that your medication can be reviewed and, if necessary, amended to comply with our own regulations, policies and practice formulary. Please ensure you obtain a sufficient supply of your medication from your previous doctor to allow you time to make an appointment with one of our GPs.

When seeing your new GP please let him/her know about your current medication by:

  • Giving us a copy of your previous repeat prescription slip
  • Giving us a copy of your medication label on your medication box/bottle which has your name, medication dosage and date.

Giving us any correspondence from your previous doctor about your medication and the reason for its use. This is especially important for those patients  who have arrived from abroad and are now registering with an NHS GP.

Please look at the repeat prescribing page for further details of our policy.

Prescription Costs

Visit NHS Choices for information on:

  • Prescription charges
  • Who is entitled for free prescriptions
  • Medical exemptions (certain diseases will exempt you from paying for your prescription)
  • Free prescriptions for cancer patients, renal dialysis patients and pregnant women
  • Help for those on low income

Private Prescriptions

Private prescriptions are medication which your private Doctor has recommended for you on a private prescription. 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. Therefore, a NHS doctor cannot convert a private prescription to an NHS prescription. A doctor you see privately can’t issue an NHS prescription.

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.