Private Prescription

Private prescription are written by doctors in private practice, and by NHS doctors for medication which are not allowed on NHS prescriptions. It a term used in the United Kingdom for a medical prescription which is not supplied under the National Health Service.

Types of Private Prescriptions

  1. Electronic or Private Prescription Online.  The private prescription is sent by the prescribing doctor electronically to the pharmacy. A paper copy is later sent to the pharmacy
  2.  Paper Private Prescription: The handwritten or typed prescription is given to the patient or posted directly to the pharmacy

Private Prescription Cost? Don’t pay more than you need to

The cost of medicines on a private prescription varies depending on the type of medicine, the cost will be displayed once the item has been selected and added to your basket.

It can take 3-5 days for Dock Pharmacy to receive your paper prescription when it is sent to DOCK pHARMACY 128 Dock Road, Tilbury Essex RM18 7BJ.

Once we have received your prescription it can take up to 48 hours for us to dispense your medication.

We deliver your medication by Royal Mail and it requires your signature on delivery and the delivery can take 2-5 days.

The pharmacy accepts both E-prescriptions (Electronically signed prescriptions) and the original paper prescription.

E-prescriptions (Electronically signed prescriptions:

Your doctor or healthcare prescriber can email the E-prescriptions (Electronically signed prescriptions) direct to the pharmacy at [email protected]

Original paper prescription

You will need to post the original paper prescription to Dock Pharmacy

Postal Address to send your Prescriptions:

Dock Pharmacy

PO BOX 579




RM17 9QS

I Don't Have A Prescription

If you don’t have a prescription you could try our Online Doctor Service provided by PharmaDoctor

A private prescription is valid for 6 months from the date on the prescription.

A prescription written by a doctor in all EU countries is valid in the UK. Click the link to check if your country is listed.

Prescriptions are subject to the rules in the UK where they are dispensed. This means that a pharmacist will apply national rules when dispensing your medicine – for example, you may not be allowed the same number of days’ dosage.

For more information about cross border prescriptions within the EU countries, click here

If your prescription is not from a UK registered doctor or you are not from the EU with an EU prescription then we would not be able to dispense your medication.

Prescriptions issued in the EEA and Switzerland after Brexit

From 1 January 2021, a prescription issued in an EEA member state (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland can be dispensed in the UK if the prescriber is from a profession recognised by this guidance that is legally entitled to issue a prescription of that kind in the country in which the prescription is issued.


  • the prescription was issued in an approved country
  • the prescriber is practising in a profession recognised by the UK in relation to that country

Before we can dispense your prescription, we would need to contact the competent authority in the country in which the prescription was issued in order to check the registration of the prescriber and whether they are authorised to issue a prescription of that kind in that country.

We have the right to exercise our professional discretion to refuse to dispense a prescription if any of the following apply:

  • it would not ordinarily be dispensed in the UK
  • there are doubts over its authenticity
  • there are concerns about the clinical appropriateness of the medicine(s) for the patient
  • it would cause any issues of health and safety

Prescribing-approved countries and professions list

Regulation 214(6A) of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 (as amended by the Human Medicines (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019) refers to a list of approved countries and professions for the purpose of the definition of “approved country health professional”.

Prescriptions issued by a prescriber who is practising in a listed profession in a listed country may be recognised in the UK. These professions and countries are:

Approved professions

  • doctors
  • dentists
  • pharmacists
  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • chiropodists or podiatrists
  • community nurses
  • optometrists
  • therapeutic radiographers
  • paramedics

Approved countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

These lists will be reviewed at least every 3 years from the date that the country or profession was included on the list. The government will communicate any changes in good time so that pharmacists are able to recognise and dispense prescriptions appropriately.

How To Order Your Private Prescription Medicine

Order your private prescriptions online with ease, confidently & discreetly.

If you a valid private prescription from your doctor or prescribing healthcare professional, you can have your medication dispensed by DockPharmacy. We understand that finding the time to collect medication can be difficult so, with this in mind, we are here to make the ordering and receiving your medicine as simple as possible.

Therefore, you are able to order your private script medicine online from the comfort of your home and have it delivered straight to your chosen UK address.

Why choose DOCK PHARMACY Online Pharmacy

Dock Pharmacy is confident we have the lowest prices of any UK registered online pharmacy. If you find a cheaper price for a private prescription, we will beat it by 5%. Just let us know where you found it, and if verifiable, we can organize your prescription.

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