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Prescription medication

To receive medication prescribed by a doctor or other professional medical practitioner go to the chemist (pharmacy) who will give you the medication on receipt of the prescription. There are three prescription dispensing chemists in St Andrews:

There is no charge for NHS prescriptions in Scotland. 

If you have been prescribed medication from a Doctor in another country, you may be unable to get this in the UK.   We would recommend that you contact the Student Health Hub at the Community hospital (01334 46 5777) who will refer you through a Student Triage Nurse to advise as to what is available and what isn't in this country.  If you can, contact at least two months before arrival.  Then you will be able to contact your own physician at home to get advice on changing your medication before you arrive whilst he/she is able to monitor its effect on you. 

Although you can bring in a limited supply of medication with you when you enter the UK, (please see UKVI for further advice) it is important that you realise that no doctor in this country will be able to supervise medication prescribed by another doctor in another country.....all they will be able to do is change you to a UK form. Please also note that it is illegal to have prescription drugs mailed to you in the UK from any country.

Travel medication

In the event of requiring a vaccination, each Doctor’s practice at the St Andrews Community Hospital run ‘Travel Clinics’ where you can get the appropriate vaccinations for the country you are travelling to. Find their contact details on this page .

You can find more information on Travel health and vaccinations here.



(Advice and Support Centre)
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 (46)2020