Prescriptions

Whether you’re home or away, get the
medicine you need when you need it.

Prescription medicine
delivered to your door

Pick up from your nearest local
pharmacy, wherever you are

Advice on getting medication
when outside the UK

Fast and convenient prescriptions

Our GPs can prescribe the medication you need during your consultation. Depending where you are, you can then choose how to get your medicine. You can:

  • Get it delivered to you at home, work or wherever you’re staying in the UK
  • Pick it up from your nearest local pharmacy within the UK
  • Keep a note of all your prescriptions on your patient record to access whenever you need to

Our GPs write private prescriptions

Our GPs can only provide private prescriptions. This means the cost of your medication can vary from the fixed-NHS rate. This price is determined by the particular pharmacy you use.

Please note that our GPs will always try to prescribe you the most cost-effective medicine and will let you know if it's going to be expensive. As a rough guide, our top 20 UK delivered private prescriptions are less than £20 an item.

International prescriptions

If you’re outside the UK, we can advise you on the best way to access prescriptions locally.

  • If you’re in Europe, we can send your prescription to a local pharmacy and our admin team will let you know when your medication is ready to be collected
  • Outside of Europe, we will provide advice on the best course of action for how to collect your medication
  • We can also give advice as to the best over-the-counter medication you can buy within the country you’re staying in

Sorry, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to offer repeat prescriptions

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The most common private medications we prescribe

  • Acne treatment
  • Acid reflux and heart burn medications
  • Allergy medications
  • Antibiotics for the treatment of infections of various systems
    (e.g. ear, nose and 
    throat, respiratory tract, skin, urinary tract)
  • Antiviral treatments for treatment of herpes and shingles
  • Emergency contraception pill
  • Melatonin for sleep
  • Prescription painkillers
  • Repeat medications
    (e.g. contraceptive pill, asthma inhalers)
  • Topical creams for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

Private medications
we can’t prescribe

  • Antipsychotics
  • Controlled drugs such as tramadol, morphine, benzodiazepines
    (sleeping tablets) 
  • CNS stimulants
    (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medications)
  • Medications that require clinical monitoring such as methotrexate
  • Specialist prescribed drugs such as fertility drugs and cancer therapies
  • Strong opioid painkillers

Frequently asked

Does your pricing include the cost of prescriptions?

Our GPs write private prescriptions, so the cost of medicines is usually different from the standard NHS prescription charges. Sometimes it works out cheaper than the NHS charge or could be a little more.

We have no control over what your local pharmacy will charge. Some charge for fulfilling a private prescription.

Our doctors always try to prescribe the most cost effective medicine and will let you know if it's going to be expensive.

As a rough guide, our top 20 UK delivered private prescriptions are less than £20 an item.

Can your GPs prescribe medication?

Yes, all of our GPs can prescribe medication and write private prescriptions if deemed necessary during your consultation.

Can I use my prescription internationally?

Patients who access our service through a pay-as-you-go subscription, an employee healthcare scheme or through an insurance provider can use the Doctor Care Anywhere platform internationally.

And if you're in a country that's a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), we can send your prescription through to a local pharmacy. Our admin team will let you know when your medication is ready, so you can collect it.

If you're in a country outside the EEA, we will provide advice on the best course of action. You will be able to collect your medication 'over-the-counter' in many countries, but we recommend that you seek local advice when seeking a trusted pharmacy.

Other countries are subject to strict regulatory rules and you may need a prescription from a local doctor before you can collect your medication. These countries include the Channel Islands, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Our doctors can recommend appropriate medication during your consultation, but we can't guarantee that you'll be able to source the medication without a local prescription.

Can I get a prescription on the NHS?

We offer private prescriptions only as we’re not part of the NHS.

What is an ePrescription?

An ePrescription is an electronic prescription. It’s safer and more convenient than regular prescriptions as it can only be redeemed once.

How much does a private prescription cost?

We’re unable to give you an exact amount. The cost of private prescription medication is different to the standard NHS prescription charges and we have no control over what your pharmacy charges.

Our doctors always try to prescribe the most cost-effective medicine and will let you know if it's going to be expensive.

Please remember that exemption categories don't apply to private prescriptions. Also, if you're in Scotland or Wales, you will be charged for the cost of the medication, even if you normally get free prescriptions.

 

Can I get my prescription medication on the same day?

Yes, you should be able to get your medication on the same working day as your consultation.

If you’re in the UK, select an ePrescription* to download to your device, which you can present to the pharmacist. Or we can send the ePrescription ahead for collection in store.

If you’re in the European Economic Area (EEA), you should be able to get your medication on the same day, provided you've made your selection within local pharmacy working hours.

If you’re still unsure, please contact our Patient Experience team at contactus@doctorcareanywhere.com or call +44 330 088 4980.

*Accepted at certain pharmacy groups

Can I get a repeat prescription on the NHS?

As we’re not part of the NHS, we don’t provide one-off or repeat NHS prescriptions.

We can, however, provide one-off or repeat private prescriptions.

Will my local pharmacy accept an ePrescription?

Many pharmacy chains accept our ePrescriptions, including:

  • Superdrug

  • Tesco

  • Day Lewis

  • Rolands

  • Selected Boots stores

Don’t worry, you’ll be able to see which pharmacy groups in your area can accept ePrescriptions.

Just so you know, we’re adding to our list of partner pharmacies all the time.