Our practice policy for prescribing on the NHS following a private consultation follows national and local guidelines and is as follows:
A private prescription issued during or following a private consultation will NOT subsequently be converted to an NHS funded prescription if treatment is either contrary to what a patient would receive as NHS standard care and /or confirmation with details of any recommended medication and indication for use has not been received in writing by the practice from the specialist.
Immediate treatment and responsibility
In line with NHS guidance any individual who opts to be referred privately (i.e., outside of the NHS arrangements) are expected to pay the full cost of any immediate treatment they receive in relation to the initial private consultation. This includes the cost of any acute or immediate drugs issued via a private prescription.
Long term condition – treatment in line with national and local guidance
When continued medication is required following a private consultation, the patient will be reviewed in the same way as NHS patients. Where a patient is recommended treatment for a long-term condition and the recommendations made for ongoing treatment are in line with national and local guidance, the GP may authorise further ongoing prescriptions at NHS expense on an FP10.
Following a private consultation there is no obligation for the GP to continue to prescribe the recommended treatment on the NHS if for example it is:
- not in line with national guidance or usual clinical practice
- beyond a GP’s normal clinical expertise (e.g., a drug considered should only be prescribed by a hospital specialist or consultant)
- a drug not listed in the drug tariff or permitted to be prescribed at NHS expense in primary care
- a drug that either does not have a licence for use in the UK or is being recommended outside of its licensed indications for use.
Processing of request if accepted
Please note, should a request for a private prescription be accepted for subsequent issue as a NHS funded prescription, it will take approximately 2-3 working days for the request to be processed.
National and local guidance on NHS prescriptions and private care
Our practice policy is based on national and local guidance which is considered in more detail in Principles and support private medical care under the two frequently asked questions “Can you have some of your private care covered on the NHS” covering the short term and the long term.
Our practice policy in full to support practice clinicians and clinicians issuing private prescriptions
You can find our full practice policy under:
Private Prescription Policy v9.0