Private Script Policy & Over the Counter Medication




Private Script

New policy regarding the conversion of private prescriptions to NHS prescriptions at our clinic. Effective immediately, there may be a discretionary £10 charge for converting private prescriptions into NHS prescriptions, particularly for drugs that are non-formulary or unlicensed.

We are not obliged to switch private prescriptions for NHS prescriptions. We have local and nationally agreed guidelines on prescribing, and we may agree to do this if the medication is within our local formulary, but this is at the doctor’s discretion. The doctor who signs a prescription is taking clinical responsibility for the effects of the drug and its consequences.

Please note that certain medications, particularly those considered for cosmetic use, such as minoxidil for hair loss, will not be converted into NHS prescriptions.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this updated policy. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Practice Manager.

Over the Counter Medications Policy

The NHS provides recommendations for items that are available over the counter (OTC) and should not be routinely prescribed in primary care because:

  • There is limited evidence of clinical effectiveness for the item.
  • The item would be prescribed for a condition that is self-limiting and will clear up on its own without the need for treatment.
  • The item would be prescribed for a condition that is appropriate for self-care.

These items include medicines, devices, food supplements and other items that can be prescribed.