Guide to our prescription services
NHS prescriptions are dispensed late night seven days a week from Pharmacyrepublic. We maintain a comprehensive stock of prescription medicines and use a number of national wholesalers which allows us to fulfil all your prescription needs.
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Ask our pharmacist any questions or concerns that you may have with your medicines or your health. If you want to get the most out of your medicines book into one of our Medicine Use Review where our pharmacist will arrange to see you in our consultation room to discuss your medicines in-depth confidentially.
We dispense private prescriptions from UK GMC and EU registered doctors. If you would like us to dispense your private prescription, simply hand it in at the pharmacy counter where we will then give you a quote. You have to pay for the cost of the medicines themselves with a private prescription plus whatever additional fee the pharmacy decides.
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You can get free NHS 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 (full help with health costs), or you receive either:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
For full details of exemption statuses please visit the NHS Health Costs Webpage
Yes, we can dispense your one-off private or NHS prescription. Simply take your one-off paper prescription into your local Pharmacy Republic and we’ll dispense your medication.
If you require any medication urgently, we recommend that you get your prescription dispensed at your local Pharmacy Republic. This would include medication for palliative care, acute antibiotics or any regular medication which you are due to run out of.
If you are not entitled to free prescriptions and you think you will have to pay for four or more prescriptions in three months, or 13 or more items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC).
You can only use the PPC for your own NHS prescriptions. The PPC will start from the date of your application or phone call unless you request a different start date. You can request a start date of up to one month earlier or one month later than the date of your application or phone call. For further details regarding the PPC please visit the NHS Health Costs Webpage
You can choose to pay for a 12 month PPC in a lump sum or by 10 monthly direct debit instalments. You can order a PPC online, by phoning 0845 850 0030 or by filling in an FP95 form. An FP95 form is available from some pharmacies and GP surgeries. Remember to apply for a new PPC in good time. If you don’t you will have to pay prescription charges when your old PPC runs out.
If you have to pay a prescription charge while you are waiting for your PPC, you can’t get a refund unless you have an NHS receipt. The NHS receipt form is an FP57. The pharmacist or dispensing doctor can only issue an FP57 at the time you pay a prescription charge. They can’t give you one later. You can claim for the refund of prescription charges up to three months after paying. The FP57 form tells you what to do.
Yes, you can use an NHS exemption card or PPC card on NHS prescriptions.