Prescribing by a Private Doctor or Consultant

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

Whenever we write a prescription the clinician who signs it takes full responsibility for your care, even if the medicine is recommended for you by another doctor.

There are situations where we will be unable to prescribe medication suggested by a private doctor or hospital consultant:

  • We have not had adequate communication from the private doctor or consultant to explain the reasons why you need the medicine.
  • The medicine is not licensed or is being used outside of its license use in the UK.
  • We do not believe the medicine is appropriate or necessary for you.
  • We do not 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.
  • We believe that a different medicine which is more commonly prescribed on the NHS will be just as effective or appropriate for you to take instead.

In some circumstances we may be able to prescribe the medicine on a private prescription. We will not charge you for this, but at the pharmacy you will need to pay the full cost of the medicine.

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