Love the NHS but here's something to be aware of - I was caught up in red tape this week and went without my hydroxy for a few days with a lot of chasing around.
The day after my 2nd rheumy appointment I realised he hadn't given me a repeat prescription. I called the hospital but the nurse explained that after 3 months only the GP can prescribe it. I called my GP surgery and they said that as it's a Red Label drug they can't prescribe it.. until the letter has arrived from the rheumy - which could take 3 weeks. I ended up sitting with my GP for a long time while she negotiated with the hospital over the phone, intermittently being put on hold. After a few hours she had a call to say the hospital had found a consultant who could issue it. Two days later I went to rheumatology and got them to track down my prescription, and eventually I was able to pick it up . Next time my GP will have received it in writing and she will be able to write it. I suppose the lesson is don't rush out of your appointment in a fluster, take time to check what will happen with your prescriptions next.