Hi Isla, I just noticed your post.
My experiences have been pretty weak in this area but I can relate.
I suffered from insomnia for a period of time, and usually – we;;, as in my case, the doctor either gives your them after chatting to the doctor.
But there has been occasions whee the doctor would give you a prescription, and you’d simply need to take it to any pharmacist for the prescribed meds.
As I had a lot of stress back then, I went back to the same doctor, and they gave me a repeat prescription where I didn’t even need to see the doctor – I just got another months worth of meds.