Can my GP prescribe extra medication to cover my holiday?
If you need medication for a long-term health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you may be able to get an extra supply of medication to cover your time away.
You'll need to obtain a prescription from your GP, who will consider factors such as:
Your GP will take into account whether you're taking a medicine that requires you to have regular monitoring or blood tests.
You should put in a request several weeks before you go away on holiday for it to be processed in time.
Will my GP prescribe medication in case I'm ill when I'm away?
Talk to your GP about this. They will only give you an NHS prescription if they think you need the medication. They don't have to give you an NHS prescription just because you think you should have the medication.
Some GPs will provide private prescriptions, which are not free, if they agree that you should have medication to hand in case you're ill while you’re away.
Check what medication you can take
Before you travel, find out if there are any restrictions on taking your medicine in and out of:
Some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be strictly regulated (controlled) in other countries.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
Use Patient Access to book an appointment, order repeat prescriptions and view your medical record.
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