SSPCC Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY4 1TJ

Current time is 11:56 - We're open

NHS

Telephone: 01253 953950

Out of Hours: 111

Doctorlink will be replaced by a new patient online triage system in June 2022

Please continue to wear a face mask when entering the building

Please ring after 2pm for test results

Living abroad and NHS healthcare

Moving Abroad

If you are going to be abroad for more than 3 months then you are entitled to a sufficient supply of regular medications for pre-existing conditions, to get to your destination and find an alternative supply of that medication. Patients should check on arrangements for obtaining prescribed medications in the country they intend to visit before leaving the UK.  Under current legislation, the NHS’s duty of care ends when a person has been absent, or intends to be away from the United Kingdom for a period of more than three months

There is no explicit time limit on prescriptions for patients travelling abroad, but as patients would normally be removed from a GP’s list if absent for 3 months or more it is expected that prescriptions would not exceed 3 months. When doctors prescribe a drug, they are clinically and legally responsible for any results of that decision to prescribe. In view of this, it would not be considered good clinical practice for a doctor to prescribe large amounts of drugs to a patient going abroad for an extended period of time.

Patients who return to the UK for the purpose of obtaining medication, or who use a local proxy to request prescriptions on their behalf should be refused supply. Patients should be directed to local services in their country of residence with the offer of supplying appropriate medical notes and a list of current medicines to their qualified medical practitioner.

For information from NHS Choices about moving abroad, please see: Moving Abroad- Planning for your healthcare