Prescriptions

How to Order Your Repeat Prescriptions

You can order your prescriptions in the following ways:

We require 2 working days to process any prescription request. This enables your GP to review your request against your medical records in a time that is dedicated solely to this task, and not in the middle of a busy emergency surgery.

We are not a dispensing practice. This means that we do not hold medication to fill prescriptions, and that you must collect your items from a pharmacy.

Electronic Prescription Service

We encourage patients to order their prescriptions electronically, which is the quickest and more secure process for both patients and clinicians.

You can register for this service by completing our online form. 

Prescription Fees

View the cost of prescriptions on the NHS website.

You can also find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions.

Over the counter medicines

Since May 31, 2018, a range of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets will no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.

These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short-term health conditions which either get better by themselves or you can easily treat yourself.

The change applies to medicines for a total of 35 conditions.

This includes, for example, medicines foe coughs, colds, infrequent cold sores of the lip, mild to moderate hay fever, mild cystitis, nappy rash, warts and verrucas, earwax and head lice.

It also applies to a range of vitamins and minerals, unless from medical tests it is clear that the person does not sufficient natural levels.

For the full list, please see www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/otc

The annual prescribing cost for these medicines in Gloucestershire is around £2 million, which could be better used to support more serious health conditions.

Costs to the NHS are often higher than those over the counter when other fees are included, such as those those for dispensing or medical consultations.

The change will also heal to ease some of the pressure on GP surgeries, so doctors and other healthcare professionals can concentrate on patients with more serious or long-term conditions.

The average cost of many of these medicines no longer prescribed on NHS prescription will be around £2 to £3 – for example olive oil ear drops, antifungal skin cream or antihistamine tablets. The price of these items may vary slightly, but will range from 30p (for a small packet of paracetamol) to around £5 (for a bottle of branded cough medicine). Please discuss the best range of medicines available to you with your community pharmacy team.

We hope that you understand the rationale behind this decision. If you have any concerns about how this will impact your health, please discuss with your GP or Practice Nurse during your next appointment. If you have any concerns or complaints about the decision, please contact the CCG at: glccg.pals@nhs.net.

More information on the conditions affected can be found on the link below:

NHS England Guidance: www.england.nhs.uk/publication/conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-be-prescribed-in-primary-care-guidance-for-ccgs/