Shared care with private providers in Wales

 

Shared Care with private providers does not exist in Wales.

Any patient who is seen under the care of a private provider will need to be referred to the corresponding NHS service to receive NHS care.  GP surgeries can only start prescribing when care is accepted by the NHS service. Patients will need to pay for private prescriptions, blood tests and any other services relating to their private consultations, and arrange them via their private consultant until the NHS can take over care. 

Practices may be able to offer private blood test, however it is not guaranteed.

 

Private prescriptions

There are some medications which we are unable to continue prescribing in primary care if they have been started by a private provider.

 

We have taken advice from the Health Board’s Deputy Medical Director regarding this and they have confirmed that anyone who is seen privately and is requesting on-going prescriptions will need to be referred to the NHS service.  We can only start prescribing when care is accepted by the NHS service.  There is consideration being given by Welsh Government to private shared care for some conditions, but it will be some time before we know whether this is going to be permitted. 

 

Patients will need to continue to pay for private prescriptions until the NHS can take over care. This may be from home if you are an international student or from a private provider in the UK. 

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