The BBC reported that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising holidaymakers to see their GPs to check if any of their prescribed medication contained controlled drugs, to avoid falling foul of local laws when travelling abroad.

The advice seems to have been made without any thought of the serious consequences it could have on the ability of those with a real need to see their GP to be able to do so.

So, instead of calling the surgery, if you are concerned about taking medication abroad please visit your local community pharmacy who are ideally placed to provide the information that is needed and can also advise on a wide range of travel-related health issues.

Doing this will ensure that access for patients with medical need can still get to see their GP within a reasonable time.