Boots Online Clinics – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Boots Online Clinics can give you access to prescription medicine for certain conditions like acne and hair loss, if appropriate, without the need for a trip to see your GP.
To use our clinics you’ll need to:
- Register online with boots.com, or sign into your account if you already have one
- Answer a few questions to help us work out whether the medicine is suitable for you
- Choose whether you’d like your medicine to be delivered to your home, or whether you’d like to collect it from a post office near you or a Boots pharmacy
- Provide your payment details at the end of the consultation as these are private services and charges apply
Someone aged 18 or over needs to be in to sign for and receive packages. If you’re not in when your package is delivered, a card will be put through your door with details of where you can collect it. You can also collect your medicines from a Boots pharmacy or have it delivered to your work, or a post office near you, if that’s more convenient.
Orders from Boots Online Clinics are delivered to your home free of charge. Alternatively, you can choose to collect your order at a post office near you or from a selected number of our stores.
We'll let you know by email when your medicines are ready for you to collect from your selected store. If you’ve asked for your medicines to be delivered to you, we’ll let you know when your package has been despatched. The typical times it takes for delivery are as follows:
Collect in store
|Order placed||Order ready for collection from your selected store|
|Monday to Friday before 8pm||Two working days later, after midday|
|Saturday and Sunday||Tuesday after midday|
|Order placed||Order despatched|
|Monday to Friday before 8pm||Next working day|
|Saturday and Sunday||Monday|
Your medicine will be sent via Royal Mail 1st class recorded delivery, so will usually be delivered within one working day of despatch. Unfortunately, Royal Mail can’t guarantee delivery on a specific date. Packages ordered over bank holidays may take longer to arrive.
If you chose to collect your order from a pharmacy, you’ll need to contact them to let them know that you no longer want the order and they’ll cancel it for you. You’ll get a refund via your original payment method.
If you asked for the medicine to be delivered to you, or a post office near you, and you've already received your despatch notice, unfortunately we won't be able to refund your order.
There’s a limit on how much of a medicine you’re allowed to purchase through our clinics over a particular period of time. The quantity allowed should be sufficient for the time period. If this quantity isn’t adequate for you, please speak to your GP for further advice.
We’re currently offering this service in over 200 Boots pharmacies with the intention of rolling it out to more. If you don’t find a Boots pharmacy that’s convenient for you, you may be able to collect your order from a post office near you instead.
An Independent Medical Agency clinician may need to contact you to discuss your order. Generally, this will be about additional information you have provided during your online consultation. If necessary, they’ll contact you by phone or email.
The Independent Medical Agency (IMA) was created to manage prescribing medicine via our online clinics.
The IMA is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) in Northern Ireland to provide services via our online clinics. Professor Ebrahim Naderali is the Medical Director for the Independent Medical Agency.
A member of our in-store pharmacy team will be happy to help you with your medicines and provide advice. If you need a private consultation with a pharmacist, they’ll be happy to arrange it.
We’ll only take payment once we know the service offered by the clinic is suitable for you and we have either issued the medicine for you at one of our pharmacies or despatched it to you or your chosen post office.
When you use any of our online clinic services, and choose to have your medicine posted to you (rather than collecting it in a store), then your order is being looked after by:
Boots Online Pharmacy,
Houghton Le Springs,
13 Westbourne Terrace,
Houghton Le Spring
You can check the registration of all Boots online pharmacies on the website of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
If you have any questions not answered here or in the Boots online clinics patient guide, please contact us on 0345 301 4219.
If you have a complaint regarding an online clinic, please contact us in the first instance on 0345 301 4219.
The IMA Registered Manager
Boots UK Limited
D90 East FO8
1 Thane Rd
If you have any more questions, please see our full list of pharmacy FAQs.