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If you’re a UK citizen and you need treatment while travelling in the UK, you can be treated free of charge by the nearest NHS hospital. It can help to have a letter from your cancer specialist with you.
The letter should describe your condition, including details of any medicines you’re taking and information on how to deal with any potential medical problems.
It may be helpful to wear a medical alert badge or pendant with emergency contact numbers attached, especially if you’re travelling on your own. You can get these from some high street jewellers and chemists. They may also be available at your GP’s surgery.
If you’re taking prescription medicines and run out of supplies while on holiday in the UK, you may be able to get emergency supplies without a prescription. A community or supermarket pharmacy may be able to help, but will charge for this service. If pharmacies can’t help you, you can go to an NHS walk-in centre. They may be able to organise a consultation with a GP. You could also contact a GP practice directly. You can search for your nearest NHS services on the NHS website|.
Content last reviewed: 1 November 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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