How to obtain medication urgently

During working hours

Dispensing patients

If you run out of your medicines during normal opening hours, please contact the surgery dispensary who will help you with your issue.

Non dispensing patients

Non-dispensing patients will need to collect the paper prescription from the surgery.

If you run out of medicines while you’re away from home, you may be able to have a consultation with a local GP and get a prescription for a limited supply of medicines or you can attend an NHS walk-in-centre. If they are not satisfied that the medicine and dose is appropriate for you, they may not supply the medicine.

GP Walk in centres out of hours

NHS walk-in centre may be able to organise a GP consultation and in some cases will prescribe medicine after you’ve seen a nurse.  Some walk-in centres are open from early morning to late evening, seven days a week, 365 days a year.



Outside of normal opening hours

If you have a prescription.

If your local pharmacy is closed, use the link to find other nearby pharmacies and their opening hours. Some are open until midnight or later, even on public holidays.

If you would prefer to speak to someone first, call NHS 111 on 111. They will also be able to look up an out-of-hours pharmacy or service in your area for you.

If you don’t have a prescription

If you run out of prescription medicines and don’t have a prescription with you, you may be able to get an emergency supply without a prescription from a pharmacy. It’s a good idea to take along your medicine’s packaging with you, or your repeat prescription list.  The pharmacist will need to be assured of all these things before they supply a prescription-only medicine in an emergency, without a prescription.


Date published: 1st September, 2020
Date last updated: 23rd June, 2022