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Dr Skinner/Private doc prescriptions

I guess the answer to this is yes but I'm not sure. Can I get Dr. Skinner or a private specialist's prescription send to my nhs surgery so that I can get it from the nhs instead of privately? Thanks and Good Sunday to All!!

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no. A private prescription is a private prescription and you have to pay for it. They can recommend you be given an NHS prescription, but your GP does not have to honour this request and more likely than not wont prescribe based on a private consultation, unless whatever has been requested falls within NHS guidelines. Many doctors consider that if you have opted to see a prvate doctor then you have also opted out of NHS treatment for that illness

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I agree with susymac. This has been our experience too. Jane x

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Hi Any consultant who you see privately, not a private doc, the GP is obliged to prescribe according to their recommendation, this is a safety issue and has always been so.I see many NHS consultants, privately. The only exception may be if GP fussy about costs ( mine) they will refuse and then left with a private script only. This however, is unusual even with my GP.This includes tests recommended by the private consultant too.

Best wishes,

Jackie

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GP's are not obliged to prescribe according to recommendations of a private consultant, see "GPC

Prescribing in General Practice" May 13. Clearly states that a GP can refuse to prescribe for several reasons.

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Was about to post similar

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Hi While it is true that they can refuse. They are still responsible for the over all care of the patient, which is why, provided a consultant recommends drugs, even not happy with them, as in my case, they do prescribe.They have to lok at all the drugs prescribed by al the consultants,( 7 pages, n my case) no one else really in this position of co-ordinating them. Also as a consultant has to have a referral, from GP or tertiary , there is some obligation, unless they say, too expensive, etc.I have had lots of different consultants and GP`s, this has always been the case, so I am told.

Jackie

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Am I right that you are saying if any Consultant recommends then a GP will/must prescribe ? Your GP might but he/she is not obliged to do so, they can say no.

My endo recommended T3 on a trial but my GP will not prescribe as in their opinion it is not my best interests, nothing to do with cost.

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Hi I know my consultants, many of them, who I see privately, all ,of course, also NHS consultants, say that the GP will prescribe them, always for 50 years + has been standard practice. Certainly all the many GP `s I have had ever since NHS started, have done this.I did hear of one of my Endo`s patients having this problem with her GP over T3, but endo sorted it, in the end.

Best wishes,

Jackie

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Some GPs can really be a pain...I guess it's all a matter of luck then. Thank you all.

Did you ever swap them? Has anyone successfully moved back to levothyroxine??

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That last sentence made me shudder! I don't even want to think about going back on levothyroxine, I don't ever want to feel that ill again ever.

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I share that feeling, sandrad

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