NHS Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service has been created by the NHS across the UK, allowing your GP to send your medical prescriptions electronically to a nominated local or online pharmacy. Although this service has been available since April 2013, in a small number of GP surgeries/pharmacies, there are now a notable number of practices taking part, and pharmacies set up to allow the service.

The NHS e-prescription service allows GP surgeries to move to a paperless, automated system, which means you can decide where to send your prescription. The advantages of this service is that an online pharmacy can get your prescription ready before you arrive, you can select a pharmacy that is convenient for you or our online pharmacy can deliver right to your door.

Who is entitled to the free prescriptions?
You can get free NHS prescriptions in Shipston-On-Stour if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you are,

  • Under 16
  • 60 or over
  • 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • Currently pregnant or just had a baby in the past 12 months and had a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • Have a specific medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • Have a continuous physical disability that hinders you going out without help from another individual and have a valid MedEx
  • Are an NHS inpatient
  • Hold a validated war pension exemption certificate, and the NHS prescription is for your accepted disability

You're also entitled to free NHS prescriptions in Shipston-On-Stour if you or your partner, including civil partner, receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone getting:

  • Income support
  • Income-related employment & support allowance
  • Income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • Universal credit and meet the criteria
  • Pension credit guarantee credit

Free prescriptions for cancer patients
Prescription charges for the cancer patients were removed on April 1 2009. The exemption certificates will be issued only to those applicants who, in their physician's judgement, are undergoing treatment for:

  • Cancer
  • The effects of Cancer Treatment
  • The impact of ongoing or previous Cancer treatment

Proper Guidance about the extension of the list of several medical conditions has been issued to the physicians. It incorporates guidance on who the medical exemption is assigned to cover.