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    How to get prescription medications during Christmas

    In this article, we're here to help you sort out getting your prescription meds over Christmas. We'll cover when UK Meds is open during the holidays so you can purchase the medication you need without delay, and we will also discuss how the NHS handles the festive period in relation to advice, repeat prescriptions, and emergency help. 

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    Can you buy prescription medication online during Christmas?

    Yes, it is possible to purchase prescription medications online during Christmas. Getting your medication online over the festive period can save a lot of time and hassle, and is far more convenient and fast than trying to get it from an in-person pharmacy. You can purchase your medication online from UK Meds. Our Christmas opening hours are:

    UK Meds Christmas Opening Times 2024

    By purchasing your medication online from UK Meds within our opening hours, you can be assured that you will have your medication delivered quickly, straight to your door. Below are the opening and last order dates for UK Meds over the Christmas period:

    Last Order Dates


    Last order date pre-Christmas

    Standard DeliveryMonday 18th December
    Royal Mail 1pmWednesday 20th December
    Royal Mail 9amWednesday 20th December

    Opening Times



    02.01.24Open As Normal

    How do you get prescription medications during Christmas?

    You may feel daunted about the prospect of getting your prescription medications during the festive period, however, you should not worry as it is simple to make your order with UK Meds. It is easy to purchase medication online from UK Meds. Simply select the prescription medication you need and complete our free online consultation which will include a free private prescription that you can use to complete your purchase. 

    Are repeat prescriptions available online during Christmas?

    Yes, when you purchase your medication online from UK Meds, you can choose a subscription if this is available for your selected treatment. As mentioned, please refer to our Christmas opening times to ensure that you get the medication you need as soon as possible. You can manage your medication subscriptions in your account section on the UK Meds website.

    Do the NHS advise ordering repeat prescriptions of medication well in advance of Christmas?

    Yes, the NHS advises individuals with repeat prescriptions to plan ahead, especially during the Christmas season. Both NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale of York CCG recommend ordering repeat prescriptions 7-14 days in advance. Typically, prescriptions are ordered seven days before they are due, but during the festive period, it's advisable to extend this timeframe to ensure medications are ready for collection before Christmas. Some GP surgeries and pharmacies are urging patients to place their repeat medication orders by 10 December for Christmas Eve pickup and by 17 December for those needed before New Year’s Eve. Purchasing your medication from UK Meds will ensure that you don’t have to worry about filing your repeat prescription in person.

    Is emergency help available over the Christmas period?

    Yes, emergency help is available during the Christmas period. NHS services are committed to providing assistance and care, ensuring that individuals can access the help they need, even during the festive season. If you find yourself in need of urgent medical attention, don't hesitate to contact the appropriate services. NHS England says: “If you need help urgently call 111 for advice, assessment and to be directed to the best treatment.”


    Is your repeat prescription on your Christmas list? - NHS England South West

    Ordering prescription medicines in advance of Christmas - NHS North Yorkshire CCG

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