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Patients urged to order repeat prescriptions in time for Christmas
Posted on 5 Dec 2017
Health leaders in Warwickshire are advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions this Christmas. Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients, especially patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.
People are also being urged to use NHS services wisely over the festive period as many GP practices will have limited opening hours during the Christmas holidays and the majority of pharmacies will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Dr Deryth Stevens, GP and Chair of NHS Warwickshire North CCG said:
“Over Christmas, many accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are busy treating people who have long-term health problems and failed to ensure they had the repeat medicines they needed to cover the festive period. For those with long-term health problems, taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of feeling unwell or even hospitalisation if medical supplies run out. This is why we are advising patients to order and collect any essential repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance to avoid running out.
“The winter period is one of the busiest times of year for the NHS so it’s important that people use the right service for the right problem. Pharmacies are a valuable source of advice and can help to manage minor winter ailments such as coughs and colds.
If you do become unwell over the Christmas break, or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling the free, 24-hour, 111 health line.”