There are many community pharmacies in towns and villages in and around the UK where pharmacists will be able to dispense medication, dispose of out-of-date medication and offer advice on minor ailments, as well as general health and wellbeing.

If feeling unwell, a pharmacist will be able to help decide whether someone needs to see a healthcare professional. Whilst it is possible to buy a wide range of over-the-counter drugs in Britain, there are many medicines that are only available with a doctor’s prescription; so when travelling to the UK and if likely to need medication, travellers should either bring it with them or ask their usual doctor to write out the name of the drug they need. If they are entitled to an NHS prescription, they will be charged a standard rate; if not, they will be charged the full cost of the drug.

Useful numbers:

  • 111 NHS 24-hour helpline
  • 999 emergency assistance