Ringmead Medical Practice

Postal Address - Ringmead Medical Practice, Birch Hill Medical Centre, Leppington, Bracknell, RG12 7WW

Sites - Birch Hill Medical Centre, Great Hollands Health Centre and Crowthorne Surgery

PCN - The Health Triangle

Telephone: 01344 20 80 60

Private Prescriptions

Private prescriptions are medication which your private Doctor has recommended for you on a private prescription. A private prescription is not written on an official NHS prescription and so is not paid for by the NHS. The cost of a private prescription is met wholly by the patient and is dictated by the cost of the medicine plus the pharmacists charge for supplying it.

A prescription is a legal document for which the doctor, who has issued and signed it, is responsible for. Therefore, a NHS doctor cannot convert a private prescription to an NHS prescription. A doctor you see privately can’t issue an NHS prescription.

A GP in the surgery at which you are registered can only provide a private prescription if the drug is not available on the NHS.

Please review our document below, for more information about our protocol for prescribing medication requested for pre-emptive conditions.

Do you take all the medications you are prescribed?

We are aware that some patients do not want to take all the medicines that their doctors prescribe for them. Sometimes people continue ordering and collecting them because they worry about how they look not taking them and about telling a health care professional how they feel. Also some people become confused by the number of medicines that are prescribed for them. This can lead to some medicines never being used and later wasted.

The ‘Open Up’ About Medicines campaign is a medicines waste campaign with a difference! It encourages people to take responsibility for their medicines and talk to their GP, pharmacist, and when in hospital a healthcare professional about their medicines. Medicines prescribed by GPs are paid for from our local NHS budget, this money can also be used for other types of NHS care.

I have been told that I need my medication for life. Why can’t I have six-month supply at a time?

To prevent wastage if your drug is changed, stopped or lost. Also to help the surgery staff know that you are still taking your medication.

What is a dossette box?

Those patients taking multiple medications may benefit from a dossette box supplied by the pharmacy. Please ask your pharmacist or at reception for more information if you are interested in this service.

A message has appeared on my repeat slip saying that I need to contact the doctor/nurse for a review. Is it really necessary?

Yes. From time to time your doctor/nurse needs to check that you are still benefitting from your medication and it is causing no harm. Also your condition may have changed or you may be taking new medications that require your repeat medication to be altered.

In some instances it might be possible for you to have your medication reviewed by telephone. Ask your doctor or nurse whether a telephone review would be more appropriate.

As part of your review, please have a list of questions that you might wish to ask about your medication. Inform your doctor of any changes in your health or medication (including those bought over the counter) that might have occurred since the last time you visited.

When you go for hospital appointments take your medicines and your repeat ‘request slip’ along with you. It will help the medical staff understand more about your condition and treatment.


  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any concerns you might have
  • Inappropriate use of the repeat system can cause unnecessary delays and wastage
  • Make sure you understand why and how you should take all your medicine
  • Return any unwanted medication to your local pharmacy for destruction
  • Do not keep large amounts of drugs in the house
  • Only order the drugs you need