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Down at the Doctors July 2022

Medication to Cover Holidays

Can my GP prescribe extra medication to cover my holiday?

It depends on several things, including:

  • how long your GP thinks you need medication for your condition
  • how often your treatment needs to be reviewed
  • how long you’ll be away
  • your medication.

If you need regular medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP can prescribe a maximum supply of three months.

If you’re taking a course of medication that will finish during your holiday, then get advice from your GP. They may be able to give you a repeat prescription.

However, this will depend on, for example:

  • how long your GP thinks you’ll continue to need your medication
  • how often your treatment needs to be reviewed.

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 that 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 if they agree that you should take medication in case you’re ill while you’re away. You will have to pay for a private prescription.

Travel abroad for more than three months

If you’re going abroad for more than three months, your GP may prescribe medication to last until you can make arrangements to get it at your destination. This might be by:

  • registering with a doctor in the country you’re visiting
  • buying the medication from a pharmacist while you’re away

If you’re travelling outside the EU, before you go, check with your GP whether you can get your medication in the countries you’re travelling to. You can also contact each country’s embassy or high commission for advice.

Check what medication you can take before you travel find out if there are any restrictions on taking your medicine in and out of:

  • the UK
  • the country you’re visiting – some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be controlled in other countries

When you return

If you’re given any medication while you’re away, try to find out if it’s legal to bring it back into the UK. If you’re in any doubt, declare it at customs when you come back.