Prescription statement for Barton House
At Barton House Group Practice, the doctors are committed to providing the best available care to all our patients. When a prescription is considered necessary, the drug we consider to be the most appropriate for the particular patient and condition will be prescribed. Our primary considerations are effectiveness and safety. Whilst we always attempt to prescribe cost-effectively (for example by prescribing drugs where possible by their proper or generic names rather than their brand names), we do not let the cost of a drug dictate our prescribing.
We attempt to keep as up-to-date as possible by reference to the best available medical evidence. We are not influenced by drug company advertising or unsubstantiated claims in the popular press. This is for both your protection and ours: we are held responsible for anything we prescribe. We therefore only prescribe medication that we know enough about and that we have sufficient confidence in.
Our prescribing is overseen by the local City & Hackney Medicines Management Team.
The MMT supports the safe, clinically effective, evidence-based, cost efficient, equitable and patient focused use of medicines to enable maximum health gain for City & Hackney residents. They support us in our role as safe, effective and cost efficient prescribers. We are occasionally asked by our hospital colleagues to prescribe new or very specialist medication and in such circumstance we would often seek the guidance of this team to inform our prescribing decisions.
Patients who see a private specialist are expected to pay the full cost of medication prescribed by that specialist. In general, we will be unable to issue an NHS prescription for drugs prescribed by a private doctor, except where we have agreed to, and made, the private referral and where the above criteria for us to prescribe are met. We do not in any case expect our patients to refer themselves to private doctors without prior discussion with ourselves.
None of us are specifically trained in complementary (alternative) medicine. We believe that the criteria for prescribing complementary drugs/remedies should be exactly the same as those for orthodox drugs. We are therefore unable to prescribe these drugs except where they have been suggested by a medically qualified practitioner (or otherwise qualified practitioner whom we have been happy to recommend), and where the practitioner states in writing their willingness to accept clinical responsibility for the drugs in question.
In addition, a lot of medications are available over the counter to buy without a prescription. They are often cheaper to buy this way and due to restrictions put upon us we are no longer able to provide prescriptions for over the counter medications (such as paracetamol, gaviscon etc) except in exceptional circumstances.
Author: Dr Lauren Ward