Our practice policy for prescribing for patients who are going to be travelling abroad follows national guidelines and is as follows:
Up to 3 months
If you are travelling abroad for up to three months and intending to return
- An NHS prescription for regular medication will be given to cover up to a maximum of 3 month period providing your GP is happy that any monitoring required is up to date and satisfactory
- You will remain registered with the practice
Over 3 months
If you are travelling abroad for more than three months and/or not intending to return
- An NHS prescription up to 3 month’s supply of regular medication may be provided at your GP’s discretion. The easiest way to obtain a summary of your patient record is through taking advantage of online access to your medical record. There is information on how to obtain access under online access to your Records.
- You will be removed from the practice list if you are away for more than 3 months.
Requests for other medication to be taken abroad
No other medication other than that which is taken on a regular basis will be prescribed on the NHS. Private prescriptions may be issued at your GP’s discretion for items such as ‘just in case’ treatments.
If you are already abroad
If you are already abroad, no NHS prescriptions can be issued. NHS prescriptions or medication cannot be sent abroad.
National and local guidance on NHS prescriptions and travelling abroad
Our practice policy is based on national and local guidance which is considered in more detail under the frequently asked questions in Holiday and Travel Health there are detailed answers covering this topic. This also includes information on over the counter medication which your pharmacist can supply you for your holiday (including a first aid kit).
Our practice policy in full
You can find our full practice policy under: