Mayfield Clinic's policy on prescribing

We prioritise patient safety and well-being in the provision of private healthcare services. Our prescribing policy outlines our approach to prescribing medications. We seek to practice responsible prescribing and prescribe adhering to legal and ethical standards.

Our prescribing principles

Consultation requirement:

  1. Prescription medications will only be issued following a consultation with one of our medical practitioners. This ensures a comprehensive understanding of the patient's medical history, current health status, and any potential contraindications. You will not be able to obtain a prescription without a consultation.

Repeat prescriptions:

  1. Repeat prescriptions are exclusively available to registered Members for whom we retain a medical record
  2. We can only provide a repeat for medications previously issued by the GPs at the practice
  3. Our clinicians may decline the repeat prescription request, and instead ask that you book a an appointment. This may be to review your medication or conduct tests to ensure the medication remains safe and appropriate
  4. Where our clinicians deem a repeat prescription is appropriate, there is a £30 fee for the service. This fee covers the clinical time and risk associated with prescribing, as well as the administration involved in issuing the prescription.
  5. Controlled drugs are not available as repeat prescriptions

Avoidance of controlled drugs:

  1. In adherence to best practices and legal regulations, we seek to avoid the routine prescribing of controlled drugs.
  2. Exceptions may be considered in cases where there is a clear clinical indication, and the prescribing adheres to legal and regulatory requirements.

Clinical justification:

  1. The decision to prescribe medication will be based on a clear clinical indication, taking into account the patient's symptoms, medical history, and any relevant diagnostic information.
  2. The medical practitioner will discuss the proposed medication with the patient, ensuring they are informed about its purpose, potential side effects, and any other relevant considerations.

Informed consent:

  1. Patients will be provided with detailed information about prescribed medications, including potential risks and benefits.
  2. Informed consent for medication will be obtained from the patient before issuing a prescription.

Documentation - Comprehensive records:

  1. All prescription decisions will be thoroughly documented in the patient's medical records, including the clinical rationale, discussions with the patient, and details of the prescribed medication.
  2. Wherever practically possible, prescriptions will be issued electronically and not on paper.

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