MARCH 2017 DISPENSARY NOTICE
The NHS Prescription Charge is £8.60 for each item dispensed from 1st April 2017
Some items may have more than one charge; for example elastic hosiery, the dispensary team will explain to you if this is the case.
The NHS prescription charge is a contribution to the NHS; it is not a payment to the surgery or its dispensary and it is not related to the cost of your medicine(s).
If you need 4 or more prescriptions in three months or 13 or more prescriptions a year, you could save money with a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.
Prescriptions are free for some people; ask a member of the dispensary team for advice or visit www.nhs.uk/healthcosts
Latest news for patients using the Surgery Dispensary -25th August 2015.
NHS England is in the process of validating the Surgery's list of dispensing patients, you may have received a letter asking you to use local pharmacies in your area and not the surgery anymore unless you have 'serious difficulty' in obtaining medicines and or for any other valid reason.
If you have not had a letter from NHS England about this, then you are allowed to continue to use our dispensary.
If you have not received an application form on how to apply for the ‘serious difficulty rule’ please inform the dispenser and we can send it to you by email and also help you to fill the form.
We urge you to contact the Surgery or bring this letter so we can help you to apply to NHS England to continue to be eligible for dispensing services at the Surgery.
This change was made unilaterally by NHS England in accordance with strict national criteria, and the Surgery was not consulted. We are concerned that it could potentially affect the Surgery dispensary viability in the future.
Please contact the Surgery dispensers or ask to speak with the Manager for further details.
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