Occasionally athletes are rushed into Accident and Emergency clinics for urgent attention.
You may be unable to follow through on all of the steps that are necessary before treatment, but there are some steps you must take immediately after being treated.
What if it is an emergency - one that may be life threatening?
Never refuse medication in an emergency.
Accident and Emergency staff will treat you as best they can - they may administer the medications immediately and then discuss the fact that you are an athlete subject to drug testing in sport afterwards.
Any requirements for a Therapeutic Use Exemption can be arranged after treatment in an emergency situation.
This must be completed by the treating physician.
It is up to you to work with the doctors/nurses to avoid inadvertently failing a doping control test.
What to do when visiting an A&E:
Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
If you are able tell the doctors/nurses that you are an athlete who could be drug tested and show them your Sports Anti-Doping ID Card.
Ask for a note to be placed on your medical record to clarify your status as an athlete.
Check your medication with the GP by referring to their prescription software, MIMs resources or call 0800DRUGFREE (378437).
If you require a medication that is on the WADA Prohibited List, you may need to complete a Therapeutic Use Exemption Form.
Read the Therapeutic Use Exemption Guidelines on this site or call 0800DRUGFREE (378437) for assistance - BEFORE COMPLETING THE PRESCRIPTION.