Prescriptions

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat prescriptions are medications that appear on the reverse of your prescription which your doctor would like you to continue on a regular basis.

Repeat prescriptions may be ordered in several ways:

Online

Use the NHS App - click for more details
or
order your repeat prescriptions via the link at the top of this page. The surgery will give you a log in and password to access this.

Post

If a stamped and addressed envelope is supplied, your prescription can be returned via Royal Mail.

Private Prescriptions

GPs may write private prescriptions for patients which they may wish to do for drugs not available through the Drug Tariff. However, GPs may not normally charge their registered patients for providing such a prescription, although a dispensing doctor may charge for dispensing the prescription. The only occasions when a doctor may charge for a private prescription are:

  1. For drugs which are being issued solely in anticipation of the onset of an ailment whilst outside the UK, but for which the patient does not require treatment when the medicine is prescribed.
  2. For drugs issued for the prevention of malaria.

Prescribing Wisely

The North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is launching two new proposals around medicines prescribing across the eight boroughs in North West London.

You can find more information here:

Prescription Fees

Help with NHS costs

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
  • More information is available at NHS Choices

NHS Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 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.

Community Pharmacy

Community pharmacists dispense your prescriptions and other medicines, offer testing and screening for common conditions and can advise on minor ailments.

Pharmacists and chemists also offer advice on common problems such as:

  • Coughs, colds and flu
  • Bugs and viruses
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Women’s health
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains
  • Children’s problems

They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don’t need to make an appointment. Most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.