Consulting & Prescribing
We try to take the time to explain the nature of the illness and the reasons for our actions. If you are worried we will always examine you appropriately but we also think that it is important to be honest so we do not pretend to have cures for illnesses such as simple coughs, colds or tummy upsets.
All drugs can be harmful if misused so we will only prescribe if we really feel that you will benefit you. This means that we are unlikely to prescribe for uncomplicated coughs, colds, sore throats and other minor illnesses.
Generic and Branded Medicines
For the past 20 years the Department of Health guidelines have required doctors to prescribe the generic as opposed to the branded version of your medicines (apart from a few rare exceptions). The generic version of your medicine is exactly the same chemical and effectiveness as the branded version but is often much cheaper. As a matter of good practice most of your tablets will be given as the generic kind, if you feel there is problem with this then please let the practice nurse or pharmacist know.
Hospital and General Practice Medicines
Sometimes you may be started on new medicine when you see the hospital doctor; if the medicine is new or not usually used by your own doctor then the hospital doctor will continue to prescribe the medicine for you. Likewise if you are seen by a doctor at a private clinic and you are given a private prescription your own doctor may not be able to give you any of the tablets unless we agree with your private doctor that the medicine is appropriate and it is a medicine we would normally use in our NHS practice.