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New Minor Illness Clinic

If you call requesting an urgent appointment on the day the receptionist may offer you an appointment in our Minor Illness Express Clinic.  You will be assessed by our Nurse Practitioner,  Mrs Lynn Cross  who is able to assess and treat a range of common health problems and prescribe medication if required. This Nurse has been trained to spot signs of more serious illness and will alert the Duty Doctor. 

 

NHS Prescriptions

Many medications are approved for prescribing on the NHS, in which case the cost to the patient is simply the fixed prescription fee. For patients who are eligible to NHS healthcare, the pharmacist will charge a fixed prescription fee for each separate item on the prescription. This charge is currently £8.20 (March 2016) per item. 

You may be eligible for free prescriptions. You are eligible for free prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16-18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient

You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate or you receive either:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit 

If you have to pay for more than 4 prescription charges a month, then it may be worth discussing obtaining a prepayment certificate (PPC) from your pharmacist, so that you pay no more than a maximum of  £29.10 (March 2016) a month

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. 

 
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