Where can I get an emergency supply of medicine?
It takes 48 hours (Monday – Friday) for your GP practice to prepare a prescription for you. It is important that you allow sufficient time for your GP to prepare your prescription and for your pharmacist to dispense the medication. Try not to run out of medicines that you need to take.
If you do run out of your medicines please ensure that you submit a prescription request to your GP immediately. Your practice will not be able to issue your prescription sooner (i.e. it will still take them 48 hours to produce the prescription) and therefore you will need to go to a local pharmacy, ideally the pharmacy that you usually use.
Pharmacists are able to issue an ‘emergency supply’ of your medicines. An ‘emergency supply’ is a supply of medicine to get you through until your prescription is ready.
- The pharmacist will usually need to see you face to face
- The pharmacist must agree that you need the medicine immediately
- You will need to provide evidence that you have been prescribed the medicine before (this could be in the form of a labelled empty box of the medicines or a repeat prescription request form)
- The pharmacist must be satisfied that the dose is appropriate for you to take
The quantity supplied will be at the pharmacist discretion but will usually not exceed 14 days supply.
If you usually pay prescription charges, the same charges will apply to ‘emergency supplies’.
The names, addresses and telephone numbers of the pharmacies providing an ‘emergency supply’ service can be accessed via the following link: Emergency Supply Service
The emergency supply service is provided during the pharmacy’s opening hours.
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