How to get medicines on holiday
IF you are holidaying in Dorset and run out of your normal medicines do you know what to do?
The local health community is asking people to be aware of the right way of doing so to help ease unnecessary pressures on local services.
Contact your usual GP surgery - they may be able to post or fax your prescription to a local pharmacy. Please check with the local pharmacy first.
Go to a local GP practice to see a doctor, or if the GP surgeries are closed; Go to your nearest pharmacy. If you have proof of the medicines you normally receive they may be able to provide you with an emergency supply to last until the end of your trip. Emergency supply is a private service and you will be asked to pay for medicines supplied.
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Using the correct channels makes sure that other services are not wasting resources that could otherwise be used on people in greater medical need. Don't call 999 and don't go to the nearest accident and emergency department for prescription requests - these services should only be used in a life threatening situation.