Spalding area doctors are urging patients to make sure they order prescriptions early
With the Christmas and New Year bank holidays approaching, we are reminding patients to make sure that they order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.
At busy times of year like bank holidays it is important that we spend a few minutes thinking about our health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance of the bank holiday, as many pharmacies will be closed.
Make sure you renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication before the holidays start as running out of daily medication over this period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.
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The last thing we want for our patients is having their bank holiday spoilt by not being able to take regular medication.
For those with long-term health problems, taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospital stays if medical supplies run out.
So with this in mind we are appealing to patients, their families and carers to check now that they have enough daily medication to see them through the break.
If they don’t, they should call into their pharmacist or local GP surgery in good time.
If you become unwell over the bank holiday period or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling NHS111 free of charge.
Bank holidays are noticeably busy times of year for the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.
There are also other ways in which you can help support local NHS services this winter.
If you or someone you know or care for has a long term condition, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, liver, kidney disease or MS, then look after your health by:
l Get a flu jab? It can protect you all winter.If you have a long term health condition and you catch flu you’re at a greater risk of complications.The flu jab is quick and free for those with underlying health conditions as well as over 65s, pregnant women and carers.Contact your GP surgery to find out details of flu clinics or to book an appointment.
l Sounds simple, but visit your pharmacy.The pharmacist will give you advice on the best over the counter medication for common winter complaints.They will also advise you about what remedies to keep in your medicine cabinet.
l Cold outside? Keep warm inside and out, by keeping active and having regular hot drinks and nutritious meals.If you have breathing problems even a small change in temperature can affect you.So take extra care.
l Call NHS 111 or visit NHS111 online.