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Carers Fair

Southwark Carers, Lambeth Carers Hub and Link Age Southwark are coming to the surgery with information about the local support available for carers. If you help a relative or friend with a long term condition, or if someone relies on you because of their physical or mental health then this event is for you. Tea and coffee and snacks will be provided.
Feel free to drop in any time between 2pm and 3:30pm. If the time isn't convenient then ask at reception any day that week for our new printed resource pack for carers.

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Elm Lodge Surgery

Prescribing by a private doctor or consultant

Prescribing of medicines following assessment or treatment by a Private doctor or consultant


If you are entitled to NHS care you do not lose your entitlement to further NHS treatment if you choose to buy additional private care. This section explains our responsibilities when asked to prescribe a medicine after your appointment with a private doctor or consultant or consultant.

Whenever a GP or nurse prescriber prescribes a medicine for you they are taking full responsibility for your care, even if the medicine is recommended for you by another doctor. It, therefore, cannot always be expected that you will be prescribed the medicine(s) recommended for you by the private doctor or consultant or consultant.

Please be aware that your GP or nurse prescriber may not agree to prescribe the medicine in the following circumstances:

·          The GP or nurse prescriber has not had adequate communication from the private doctor or consultant to explain the reasons why you need the medicine.

·          The GP or nurse prescriber does not believe the medicine is appropriate or necessary for you.

·          The medicine is not licensed or is being used outside of its license use in the UK.

·          The GP or nurse prescriber does not feel they have the specialist expertise to monitor the medicine and to ensure it is safe and working for you.

·          The use of the medicine is not in line with national or local prescribing guidelines.

·          Your GP or nurse prescriber believes that a different medicine which is very similar and commonly prescribed on the NHS will be just as effective or appropriate for you to take instead.

·          You are seen by a private doctor or consultant/specialist without referral from your NHS GP or nurse prescriber.


Please note that the same rules apply if another NHS doctor - for example hospital doctor - asks your GP or nurse prescriber to prescribe a medicine for you, not just a private doctor or consultant.

If the GP or nurse prescriber cannot prescribe the medicine, they will give you a clear explanation of the reason for this and will also contact your private doctor or consultant.

Your GP or nurse prescriber may give you the option of having a different but equally effective medicine prescribed on the NHS or you may wish to pay privately for the original medicine via your private doctor or consultant.

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