Private prescriptions

At Thurleigh Road Practice, we are grateful to receive the support of our private consultant colleagues in the ongoing management of our patients.

As a result, we receive a large volume of requests for private prescriptions to be converted to NHS ones.

Whenever a GP prescribes something for you, they are taking full responsibility for this even if the medication has been recommended by another doctor. Therefore all such prescriptions requested will be reviewed by a GP and where possible and appropriate, will be turned around in 2 working days from receipt.

However there are some medications which, for safety and monitoring reasons should only be started by a consultant. Some examples can be found in the list below however this list is not exhaustive and all medication requests will be assessed on an individual basis:

  • Medication for ADHD
  • Lithium
  • Bupropion
  • Methotrexate
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Mycophenolate

When a patient is stable on such medications, it may be possible for us as your GPs to take over the prescribing responsibility but only after discussion and written agreement with the responsible consultant.

We will always try and accommodate all prescription requests that we receive however there may still be some instances where we as your GPs may not agree to prescribe a certain medication. Such instances include:

  • If the GP does not feel that they have significant expertise to safely prescribe such a specialist drug
  • There has not been enough communication from the private doctor about the rationale behind using such medication
  • The use of such medicine is not in line with local or national guidance
  • If a medication if not licensed for use for that specific condition/diagnosis or is not licensed in the UK

We thank you for your understanding.


Coronavirus related scams

Coronavirus related scams. Information for patients

NHS Digital has alerted us to several ongoing spam email and SMS campaigns seeking to exploit vulnerable people and impair coronavirus vaccination efforts. These campaigns variously claim to be from the UK Government, the NHS, Test and Trace, GP surgeries, pharmacies, or from other health organisations like the WHO. Typically, the content of these messages attempts to direct users to phishing sites or connect them to high-cost premium number services, although in some cases the messages contain false or misleading information about the coronavirus vaccines themselves.

 

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • The vaccine is only available from the NHS and is being offered to people in priority groups. Vaccination is free and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn or if you are over 70, you can now contact the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119 free. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.

The NHS will never:

  • ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine.
  • ask for payment or for your bank account or card details, to pay for a vaccine or to confirm your eligibility for the vaccine.
  • ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine – at the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine.
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills, bank account details or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

Please remember: If you are asked to pay for the vaccine or asked for your bank account details, it is a scam.