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Author Topic: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?  (Read 2142 times)

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Offline trai

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Can someone explain how pharmacies work in the UK and Ireland?   I was just wondering how they work there.  While I was over in Edinbough I realized I was getting an infection....do you have to have a prescription for an antibiotic...or do you go in to a pharmacy...and talk with the pharmacist or have to go to a doctor?

And I am wondering the same for the rest of Europe....

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Offline Cliff

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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2006, 06:55:20 PM »
I don't know if a pharmacist can dispense certain things without a prescription (never tried it), but I've never seen any indication that they can, so I would assume no.  You can go for them and they can probably tell you what OTC stuff you can take (but that's usually not rocket science work).

You can go to a doctor/clinic (look em up in the phone book) who may or may not charge you.  Before becoming a resident here, I needed to get seen by a doctor once (for a bacterial infection) in Bristol.  The clinic charged me since I wasn't eligible for free treatment in the UK at the time (i.e., I wasn't a resident).  I got a script from the doctor and took it to the pharmacy who charged me the normal amount for prescription (6 or 7).  If you are having HIV issues, you can go to an HIV clinic in the city (on a walk-in basis).  Since you're positive, they should treat you and not charge you.

Most people generally see a private doctor if they are out of town for work.  There's usually no waiting to see a private doctor and many will travel to you.  But be careful.  I also have a private (non-NHS) doctor here that is paid for by my US health insurance and employer and if I get a prescription from him then I have to pay the full price for the meds upfront when I go to a pharmacy.  Apparently only scripts written by an NHS doctor are paid for by the NHS, otherwise you have to pay full price for the meds and then submit a claim to your US insurance company/employer for reimbursement.

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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2006, 08:14:18 PM »
Thanks Cliff...that is what kind of info I am looking for....just trying to plan ahead in case something happens while I am on a trip.
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Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2006, 08:53:46 PM »
Trai, your airline must have some kind of medical insurance for crew members. At least Iberia has. We have a card with an international phone number. You phone them and you get a Dr. at the hotel who can give you a prescription. Your private medical insurance must also have agreements with european medical organizations.
In Spain antibiotics are only sold under prescription. If it is a private prescription (private DR.) you have to pay the full price of the medication. Social Security prescriptions provide you free meds or meds for a few cents. That is why in meds in spain have a detachable coupon on their boxes. The pharmacist cuts it and staples it to the social security prescription which will pay for it.
HIV meds are only available at public hospitals and free. You will never find them in a current pharmacy.
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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2006, 05:20:38 AM »
T Baby,

http://www.aidsmap.com/en/orgs/ux/clinics.aspHere's a link to Aidsmap HIV clinic search (by region), in case you need to get access to HIV treatment in the UK.

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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2006, 05:25:02 AM »
Trai,

You do need a script in the UK to get antibiotics - you must go through a doctor.

I'm in agreement with Blondie; your airline should have something in place for their employees who travel internationally. They won't expect people to never need medical attention/services while abroad so I'm sure there is some provision.

Also, I do know that you won't be turned away from an emergency room, so you always have that option too. You might be charged, depending on what sort of visa you travel under and it might vary from hospital to hospital. I know a person who was staying on the Rock on a regular visitor's visa and she was treated twice for anaphylactic shock - free of charge. (she found out the hard way that she's allergic to peanuts!)

Ann
(PS, Cliff is also correct that you can go to an hiv clinic (usually in the GUM department) and be treated for free BUT... depending on how busy the clinic is, you might have a long wait and you might not be able to get a walk-in appointment at all. The way the individual clinics are run can vary quite a bit, so it would be wise to call ahead and make arrangements.
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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2006, 09:36:29 AM »
Thanks cliff and anne....since I am not on HIV meds...that is not the issue...was just curious in case other things comes up.  Yep we do have insurance...however I am not yet covered since I have not been there 6 months yet.
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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2006, 12:20:05 PM »
Trai,

You should still be able to be seen by a doc in an hiv clinic, whether or not you are on meds.

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Re: Can someone explain how pharmcies work in the UK and Ireland?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2006, 12:56:25 PM »
Anyhow....I am already back home in Atlanta...caught the next flight to Atlanta after I got back to Newark from Scotland...but I had started to get a minor infection....so it got me to thinking about that for now...until I get my company insurance.    Already been to my doctor and all is well...antibiotics and all.

But the info is useful, for my future reference.

Incidentally I do not use visa for anywhere I go...hell they do not even look at my passport when I enter or leave other then in Paris or China.  ( and they only seem to look in China...I just have to have a work visa for France just in case they should decide to look.)
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