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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.  The licencing of medication changes from country to country so if you are an international student you should seek advice from your doctor at home before you come about accessible alternative treatment in the UK if you can't get your medicine here.  Changing medication can have side effects and we don't want that just as you are starting an important part of your life.  If you are an international student, discuss your move to the UK with your home doctor and check that your medication is licenced for the UK.  If not, then you should change to the UK version whilst still being monitored by your home doctor so you are ready to continue using it in a seamless transition when you arrive.

If you wish to change to a UK medicine under the supervision of your new doctor here in St Andrews, you should bring at least three months supply of any medication you are on.  If you do not envisage being back home from time to time, then bring enough medication to see you through to that visit home - up to a maximum of six months will be allowed by immigration authorities as long as you have a letter of permission from your home physician. 

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.

If you require any further information, please contact the Student Health Hub on 01334 465777.

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. Please complete the form for your registered practice (Pipeland/Blackfriars) and hand in to the reception at least six to eight weeks prior to travel.

For more information please see Travel Health and Vaccinations.


The Student Health Hub

The Student Health Hub
St Andrews Community Hospital and Health Centre
Largo Road

St Andrews
KY16 8AR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 (46)5777


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