If you need medication for a stable long-term health condition, we can supply you with a prescription for extra supply of medication to cover your holiday abroad. The maximum duration of additional medications supplied on the NHS is 3 months for most medications.
Before we can supply you with medication to cover your holiday, the GP will need to consider factors such as the type of medication you are taking and local polices around supply of medication to cover long holidays. For example, if you are taking a medicine which requires you to have regular monitoring or blood tests, your GP will need to consider this. Therefore, you should arrange to see your GP several weeks before you go away on holiday to discuss this.
Flying With Medication
If you are flying with medication you may require a letter from your GP stating why you need to carry this medication in your hand luggage i.e. insulin. Please contact the surgery several weeks before you go away regarding this.
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. For more information, see Can I take my medicine abroad? and What is a controlled medicine (drug)?