Travelling Outside The UK

If you need prescribed medicine for your health condition, talk to your GP or Practice Nurse about your travel plans at least 6 weeks before your departure date. They can tell you if you need to make any special arrangements.

An NHS patient planning to travel abroad may receive an FP10 from their surgery to cover their time abroad. This is at the discretion of the surgery but must be for no longer than three months. This should give the patient enough medication to last until they can make arrangements for alternative supply in the country they are visiting. New NHS prescriptions will not be issued until the patient has returned to the UK.

NHS prescriptions must never be obtained by relatives or friends on behalf of patients who are currently abroad, irrespective of such factors as owning a house in the UK or paying UK taxes.

Patients are responsible for ensuring that any drugs they take into a country conform to local laws.

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