Pharmacies are places you can go to to buy medication, get your prescriptions and general medical advice.

How do I get a prescription?

Some medications can only be purchased with a prescription from a GP or hospital. If you think you may need antibiotics or any other medication that requires a prescription, you need to make an appointment with your GP to get a prescription.

The GP will then give you a prescription you can take to a pharmacy to get your medication. Some prescriptions are free, but most have a flat rate charge of £9.35.

Can I take my prescription to any pharmacy?

If your GP gives you a prescription, you can take this to any local pharmacy. You may not be able to take this prescription to a hospital pharmacy.

If a hospital gives you a prescription, this prescription often is only valid at that hospital.

Find your nearest pharmacy here.

Can I get help paying for prescriptions?

Yes. You can apply for a HC2 certificate, which helps you wish your healthcare costs. Please click here to make an application and you may be entitled to free prescriptions.

Click here to apply online


Can I pay for my prescriptions monthly?

If you need multiple medications each month, you may wish to pay upfront for a prescription pre-payment certificate. This often works out cheaper if you need multiple prescriptions each month.

You can either pay upfront for 3 months (£30.25) or for a year (£108.10).

Please click here for more information.

How do I get a prescription and repeat prescription?

You can get a prescription from your GP Practice. Most of the time, you will need to have an appointment to be prescribed a new medication. Phone up your GP to ask them for help on how to get the medication you need.

To request a repeat prescription will need to request this at your GP Practice. Every GP Practice does this differently. You may need to:

  • Phone up the GP
  • Write a letter to the GP
  • Send them an email
  • Submit a request via an app

What other services do pharmacies offer?

Many of Newham’s pharmacies offer:

  • Sexual health advice
  • Free condoms
  • Free blood pressure checks for certain people
  • Stop smoking advice
  • General medical advice and guidance
  • Flu, COVID-19 and travel vaccinations
  • Free Vitamin D and Healthy Start Vitamins
  • Safely getting rid of old medication

Other pharmacies may also offer additional services, like sexual health screenings.

To find out what your local pharmacy offers, visit the NHS website