If you live more than a mile from a chemist you will (unless you specifically ask not to be) be registered as a dispensing patient. This means that our dispensary can supply you with prescription medicines, rather than having to take a written prescription to the chemist to be dispensed.
If you live less than a mile from a chemist (e.g. in Thornton-le-Dale, Ayton or most of Crossgates) you will be given a written prescription to be dispensed by a chemist. In certain special circumstances (e.g. if you are housebound and have difficulty getting to a chemist) you can apply to NHS England to become a dispensing patient.
Our dispensaries cannot sell you items that you would normally buy across the counter at a chemist. However if you are eligible for free prescriptions and the item is also available on prescription (e.g. paracetamol for children) you may ask us to supply it.
All dispensing patients may ask for a written prescription to be taken to the chemist if they wish. This may be advisable, for example, if (though it rarely happens) we are out of stock of an item that you need urgently.