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Requests to Convert Private Prescriptions to NHS 

It is the position of the Keats Group Practice that our prescribers e.g. doctors or prescribing nurses, can provide some medicines on the NHS on advice from a clinician in the private sector. However, there are a number of circumstances when our prescribers will decline the request or offer to prescribe an alternative medicine.

He or she may decline to prescribe if:

  • A letter explaining the full rational for the treatment has not been provided by the consultant in the private sector.
  • He or she feels the medicine is not clinically necessary.
  • The medication is unlicensed.
  • The medication is prescribed outside of its licensed indication.
  • The medication is not one he or she would normally prescribe.
  • The medication needs special monitoring and he or she feels they do not have the expertise to do this.
  • The use of the medication conflicts with NICE guidance or locally agreed protocols.
  • An equivalent but equally effective medicine is prescribed locally under prescribing advice from Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG).  In this situation you will be offered the equivalent medicine.

In any of these circumstances you will retain the option of purchasing the recommended medicine via a prescription from your consultant in the private sector.

There is also no provision for refunding any money already spent on private treatment, including medicines.

 

 

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