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Visitors - Advice and Information

The population of Skye increases significantly over the summer months from around 12,000 to 40,000, so providing urgent medical care to visitors in our practice area is an important component of the medical services that we offer.

If you are a visitor from outside the UK, you can see this page on NHS Inform about how to access healthcare, costs and reciprocal agreements with your country.  You will need to show a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) from your country of residence.  If you do not provide this card, you will be treated as a private patient and have to pay. 

Staying for more than three months?  We would advise you to register with the practice that covers the area you are staying in. 
Click here to find out which practice covers the area you are staying in. 
If you require medical attention whilst you are here working or on holiday or just visiting for the day, there are a number of options available:

Life-threatening and emergency care - phone 999

Urgent medical attention out-of-hours - phone 111

Urgent medial attention 8am-6pm Monday to Friday - contact your nearest practice.

Every year we see a number of conditions that could have been dealt with by accessing some trusted advice.

Boots Pharmacy is located on Wentworth Street, just off Somerled Square in Portree 
Broadford Pharmacy is located at Ford Hill, just opposite Broadford Hospital

The pharmacists can provide advice and a range treatment options for a number of condtions.

Please note: We cannot offer some services to visitors (e.g. travel vaccinations; the nearest travel clinic is in Inverness).


Forgotten or run out of medication?

This is a common issue.  If you are reading this at home, please ensure you bring enough medication to cover your trip.  Your GP can provide up to three months of your repeat medication, at their discretion.  Read more about this at the NHS Scotland Inform website (or the NHS Choices website for the rest of the UK).

If you have forgotten your medication, you should attend the community pharmacy nearest to you for advice.  If you're registered with a GP in the UK, they may be able to fax a prescription to the pharmacy.

If you cannot get a prescription faxed you should contact your own medical practice and ask them to fax or email a copy of your current medication to the practice that covers the area you are staying in.  You should then contact the local practice.  You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, temporary and permanent contact details and your GP’s details, as well as details of the medication that you require (a repeat order slip is very helpful).  We will match that with the information received from your own practice.

Please be aware that you will not get a prescription immediately as the doctors may be consulting and attending to other patients.  You may have to either wait or return to pick it up.

Portree Medical Centre's fax number is 01478 612340 and email is


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