Private Prescription Protocol
Patients who are referred privately should have been informed by their consultant that their first prescription signed by the consultant must be taken to a chemist or, if prescribed at Frimley Park Hospital, it must be taken to the Pharmacy at the hospital. We will not dispense it from the practice.
We may be able to supply further prescriptions, as long as we have a letter from the hospital consultant advising the said drug and the reasoning for issue of the drug, and a surgery doctor has then viewed and authorised it for supply. It cannot be done by the dispenser without a doctor's authority.
We cannot dispense any prescription produced by a consultant unless first approved by the doctor. If the drug is unusual then the patient must make an appointment with one of the surgery doctors and the doctor must authorise the drug and enter it onto the computer as a repeat or acute medication.
This is because private prescriptions can be made by a consultant 'off licence', and we would potentially be liable for any drug or dosage errors.
Patients should be aware that drugs prescribed by a Private Consultant, when put on NHS prescriptions, add to the NHS's drug budget and costs the taxpayer.