Outpatient Services

Handing in a prescription

When you visit the hospital for an outpatient appointment please bring information about your current medicines with you. This can be in the form of a repeat prescription printout from your GP or a hand written list. If you prefer you may bring in the actual medicine packs.

What information about your current medicines should you bring?

The nurse or doctor at the outpatient clinic may need to know the names,strengths and doses of:

  • Medicines prescribed by your GP including eye drops, inhalers,creams, patches etc.
  • Medicines that you buy 'over the counter'
  • Any complementary (e.g. herbal) medicines that you take.
  • You should also tell the doctor or nurse if you have ever had an allergic reaction, or serious side effects, from any medicines.

At your outpatient appointment you may be given a prescription. Depending on the type of prescription you will be informed at the outpatient clinic if you should take it to your local community pharmacy for dispensing or to the hospital pharmacy.

If you normally pay for prescriptions from your GP you will also have to pay for medicines obtained from the hospital pharmacy. Many people are entitled to free prescriptions, (i.e. exempt from charges), and if this is the case, you will be asked to complete a form. A summary of the exemptions are listed below but if you would like more information please ask either at the hospital pharmacy or your community pharmacy. There is also more information available on the NHS Choices Website. NHS costs and exemptions

Generally we will dispense 1 months treatment however we usually only issue a maximum of a 7-day supply for prescriptions from Accident & Emergency. If your treatment is to continue you may obtain further supplies from your GP. Where the medicine you have been prescribed is only available from the hospital, we will continue to supply it against a current prescription.We can only dispense hospital prescriptions, not those from your GP surgery.

Your visit as an outpatient

You can get free NHS prescriptions if at the time the prescription is dispensed you:

- are aged 60 or over
- are under 16 or are aged 16, 17 or 18 in full-time education
- are pregnant, or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid exemption certificate.
- have a listed medical condition and have a valid exemption certificate
- have a continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without help from another person and have a valid exemption certificate
- are an NHS in-patient
- are getting, or your partner gets income Support or iIncome-based Jobseeker's Allowance (Incapacity Benefit or Disability Living Allowance do not count, as they are not income related)
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- are named on a valid HC2 certificate
- are a war pensioner, the prescription is for your accepted disablement and
you have a valid war pension exemption certificate.