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Private Prescriptions 

 From Tuesday 1st October 2019, Meadowcroft Surgery will be charging a fee of £5 for ALL PRIVATE PRESCRIPTIONS issued. This includes prescriptions for:

  • Tablets to postpone periods for holiday purposes - e.g. Norethisterone, 

  • Anti-malarials after nurse appointments

  • Tablets for erectile dysfunction - e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil. NOTE - This does NOT include those prescribed erectile dysfunction tablets due to certain medical conditions on the NHS - but will include​ those prescriptions that are given on top of the NHS entitlement of 4 tablets per month.

This fee will be taken by a reception team member when the patient or their representative picks the prescription up from the surgery. This therefore means that we will not be sending these prescriptions to your usual chemist as we do with NHS prescriptions. - Note - this applies to PRIVATE prescriptions every time they are issued. **


Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.


NHS charges as of April 2019

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

  • Prescription (per item): £9.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 12 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

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